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1 Personal Statements “The best writing is full of description.” Thomas Atkinson, author of “Grimace in the Burnt Black Hills

2 Expectations Your personal statement should be exactly that — personal. This is your opportunity to tell your audience about yourself — your hopes, ambitions, life experiences, inspirations. Take your time on this assignment. Be open. Be reflective. Use your individual voice and express it honestly and descriptively.

3 Your Audience As you respond to the essay prompts, think about the admissions and scholarship officers who will read your statement What do you want them to understand about you? While your personal statement is only one of many factors we consider when making our admission decision, it helps provide context for the rest of your application.

4 Directions All applicants must respond to two essay prompts — the general prompt and the freshman prompt. Responses to your two prompts must be a maximum of 1,000 words total. 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

5 My Recommendation 750 for Freshman (Where I’m From) Prompt 250 for General (accomplishment) prompt

6 Freshman applicant prompt 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.

7 Freshman Prompt There are three parts to this prompt: 1.Describe the world you come from. 2.Describe your dreams and aspirations. 3.Describe how your world has shaped these dreams an aspirations.

8 Freshman Prompt This should be a seamless, descriptive narrative that is 750 words in length. It really is your best writing, showcasing your best reflective thought.

9 Prompt for all applicants General Prompt 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?

10 General Prompt This has three parts, too: 1.Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. (Choose one of the four.) 2.What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud? 3. How does it relate to the person you are?

11 General Prompt Again, this should be a seamless, focused narrative. The narrative should be 250 words.

12 Tips and techniques Start early. Allow time for reflection, thoughtful preparation and revision. Choose a topic for both essays. Look critically at the information in your application: your grades, awards, activities and work experience, family and income. Anticipate questions an admissions evaluator will have after reading your application. The personal statement is your opportunity to answer those questions.

13 Tips and Techniques Compose your personal statement in a word- processing program. Don't type it directly into the application. This way, you will have the opportunity to print copies for review. Write persuasively. Present your information and ideas in a focused, deliberate and meaningful manner. Provide specific, concrete examples to support your point. A personal statement that is simply a list of qualities or accomplishments usually is not persuasive.

14 Tips & Techniques Proofread. In addition to checking your spelling, be sure your grammar is correct and your essays flow smoothly. Solicit feedback. Your personal statement should reflect your own ideas and be written by you alone, but others — family, teachers and friends — can offer valuable suggestions. Ask advice of whomever you like, but do not plagiarize from sources in print or online and do not use anyone's published words but your own.

15 Tips & Techniques Copy and paste. Once you are satisfied with your essays, save them in plain text (ASCII) and paste them into the space provided in the application. Proofread once more to make sure no odd characters or line breaks have appeared. Relax. This is one of many pieces of information we consider in reviewing your application. An admission decision will not be based on your personal statement alone.

16 The Link w-to-apply/personal-statement/index.html w-to-apply/personal-statement/index.html

17 College Essay Advice Read the handout and use as a guide while writing, proofreading, and editing your Personal Statement.

18 Let’s get started! Free write for ten minutes: 1.Describe the world you live in.


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