Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video The personal statement, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
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- Isn't it ironic that the one subject we know so well,…ourselves, is the one that most of us struggle…to write about convincingly.…The personal statement has been a mainstay…of college admissions since just after World War II.…With returning soldiers taking advantage of the G.I. Bill,…admissions officers needed something more…than just filled in blanks to find out…an applicant's qualifications.…Today, you are likely to see two main categories…of personal statement prompts.…The first is more open-ended, giving applicants the freedom…to write about any topic they wish.…
The second asks respondents to address…specific topics or issues.…We see an example of the open-ended personal statement…in several of the optional supplement essays…such as this one for Harvard.…Occasionally, students feel that college application forms…do not provide sufficient opportunity…to convey important information…about themselves or their accomplishments.…If you wish to include an additional essay, you may do so.…Or this one from Penn State.…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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