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1 AGENDA Thurs 5/3 Ticket in: Notes Summaries Mind Mover #36: Would you accept this student? Calendar Personal Statement Overview Draft of Personal Statement #1 HW: Tutorial Request Tues 5/8 & AVID Stu Profile Personal Statement Draft #1: Due Thurs 5/10

2 Calendar / Announcements Notes Checks:—3 rd Grading Period Thurs5/3 Thurs 5/17 Scholarship Applications 2 each grading period: 3rd 2 applications Due: Thurs 5/24 Mind Movers (15) Due: Thurs 5/24 Community Service Proof (10 hours): Thurs 5/24 Personal Statements (2) DUE: Thurs 5/24

3 3A. ESSAY: IN ORDER FOR THE ADMISSIONS STAFF OF OUR COLLEGE TO GET TO KNOW YOU, THE APPLICANT, BETTER, WE ASK THAT YOU ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: ARE THERE ANY SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE HAD, OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU HAVE REALIZED, THAT HAVE HELPED TO DEFINE YOU AS A PERSON?

4 I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award- winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row. I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty- Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.

5 Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.

6 I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don't perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat 400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.

7 I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.

8 I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis. But I have not yet gone to college.

9 The Personal Statement How To Make It Personal

10 Your Information on your transcripts will tell the colleges if you meet the minimum requirements for acceptance. However, it is the personal statement that is your one chance to let them know who you are as an individual and to explain things that are not seen by your transcripts. Therefore, there is a need to WOW them if you are to be in the running of a competitive university.

11 Steps to an Awesome Admissions Essay Find your own style and tone 1. Strive to write in a style that reads like a conversation with a friend, (w/o all the “uhms” & “like’s”). 2. Don’t try too hard to be funny. It’s ok to be lighthearted and show some subtle humor, but don’t specifically write a humorous essay. – No Puns! Be forceful and opinionated, but don’t offend. Avoid whining, complaining or appearing bitter, sarcastic, angry or aggressive. Avoid coming across as overly humble. Do show some confidence.

12 The All-Important Opening Sentence Remember 1 st impressions are important. 1. Don’t introduce yourself, “Hello, my name is..” 2. Don’t ask the reader’s permission to tell him or her about yourself, “ Please permit me to discuss my…” 3. Stay away from term-paper style introductory paragraphs. Don’t reiterate the topic or question. 4. Don’t itemize the points in a list. 5. In other words, break all the rules you learned in English class for writing term papers.

13 Ending Your Essay (not conclusion) Do provide closure- full-circle approach Do use the final sentences to end any suspense end any suspense and answer all questions Do use short, forceful sentences to end your essay. Don’t address the admissions committee or ask them to admit you. Don’t use words like; “finally”, “in sum”, in “conclusion”. Don’t repeat or sum up in any way- it should stand alone. Don’t end your essay with a quotation.

14 Stylistic Do’s: Do use analogies (metaphors & similies) to convey your message, just don’t overdo it. Do incorporate dialogue, but think twice about using a screenplay approach. Do use more short sentences than long ones. Don’t take it to an extreme though. Mix things up a bit. It should flow when read aloud. Do use logical paragraph breaks. No one sentence paragraphs. Do use the active voice instead of the passive voice. (active) The applicant wrote an outstanding essay. (passive) A less-than-outstanding essay was written by the applicant.

15 Stylistic Don’ts Don’t tell the reader explicitly, “I am a unique, interesting person.” Let it show from your essay. Don’t mimic or parody a well-known writer or literary work. Don’t be a dummy and dabble in dumb alliterations. Don’t start too many sentences with “I”. Don’t use the phrase “a lot of” a lot of applicants use “ a lot of” a lot of the time.

16 California State University No Personal Statement requirement Scholarships may require statements

17 University of California Instructions and Prompts Respond to both prompts, using a maximum of 1,000 words total. You may allocate the word count as you wish. If you choose to respond to one prompt at greater length, we suggest your shorter answer be no less than 250 words. Stay within the word limit as closely as you can. A little over — 1,012 words, for example — is fine. Prompt #1 (freshman applicants) Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. Prompt #2 (all applicants) Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?

18 University of Southern California The 18th century French philosopher Denis Diderot said, "Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things." Describe one of your passions and discuss its contributions to your personal growth. Thomas Edison failed many times before successfully inventing the modern electric light bulb. He said, "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." Reflect on an accomplishment you achieved in an unlikely way. Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion in the same direction unless acted upon by an external force. Tell us about an external influence (a person, an event, etc.) that affected you and how it caused you to change direction.


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