College Essay Guy: 4 Traits to make an Outstanding Personal Statement

Recorded Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 09:30 PM

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Learn key traits found in outstanding Personal Statements.

Kaila Barber, a CEG Essay Specialist, will discuss the 4 traits outstanding Personal Statements share, as well as what you can do to make sure you have these traits.

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Kaila Barber

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Undergrad College: Georgetown University '21

Major: History; Minors in French and Russian

Work Experience: The college applications process is all about responding to one question: who are you? I am passionate about helping students craft a creative answer. I have been helping students gain admission to the T25 schools of their dreams since 2018, when I first started working for CollegeVine as an Applications Consultant, and later, blog writer. Soon after graduating from Georgetown, I started my own company to make college advising my career. I currently mentor students through one-on-one consulting sessions and essay editing.

My Admissions Story: My admissions journey began with a desire to dive into the humanities and have an adventure of self-discovery. I applied to East Coast liberal arts schools that value creativity and specialize in teaching languages, history, and international affairs. One thin deferral letter came in the fall, a thicker envelope came in the spring, and with that, I was accepted to my dream school — Georgetown University!

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