Presentation on theme: "The Personal Statement: Strategies for Supporting Freshman Applicants"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Personal Statement: Strategies for Supporting Freshman Applicants
2 Overview Purpose of the personal statement in UC admissions Instructions and questionsWriting strategies for students
3 Purpose of the Personal Statement Part of UC’s comprehensive review processOpportunity to provide information that supports and augments the review processHelps readers know and understand applicants
4 Purpose of the Personal Statement Adds clarity, depth and meaning to information collected in other parts of the UC applicationCompletes the application for admissionAn admission decision will never be based on the content of a personal statement alone
5 A Message From UC Faculty While it is acceptable to receive feedback or helpful suggestions, applicants’ personal statements should reflect your own ideas and be written by them alone.
7 Instructions Two questions Students respond to both questions. A maximum of 1,000 words totalIf you are even one word over, you cannot submit your application.Students choose length of each response.If you choose to respond to one prompt at greater length, they suggest the shorter answer be no less than 250 words.
8 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.
9 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?
10 Additional CommentsUse Additional Comments box for clarification, expansion on important details:Additional namesVisa issuesAdditional IB examsDescribe anything else that you have not had the opportunity to include elsewhere in your application.500-word limitThe Additional Comments section is not required unless the student has been directed in another area of the application to provide more information in this section (such as the three items listed above)The University of California gives priority consideration to U.S. veterans who apply for admission. Applicants are encouraged to use the personal statement to:(1) describe how military service has been instrumental in developing their educational plans(2) indicate if s/he is entitled to educational benefits as a result of military service or the service-connected death or disability of a parent or spouse, or(3) indicate if applicant is affiliated with the military such as, but not limited to, the spouse or dependent of someone who is on active duty or a current participant in an ROTC-type program.
12 Steps to Writing an Effective Personal Statement Draft, Get Feedback, ReviseDevelop Topic and ThesisRead CriticallyGather Information
13 Personal Statement: Writing for College Unknown audience: Students write for a community of scholars.Writer-determined topics: Students choose the topics.Dig deep: Analysis and reflection are key.Personal StatementUnknown audienceWriter-determined topicsAnalytical and reflective response
14 Important StrategiesStudents are encouraged to write about special circumstances that have influenced their educational experience:Re-entrySmall or alternative learning environmentsLearning and/or physical challengesVeteransRead critically and write analytically.Think like an admissions reader by capitalizing on the relationship between readers and writers.Use a writing process.Get good feedback.
15 Think Like an Admissions Reader All readers have expectations of writers, revealed in readers’ questions, observations and interpretations of the application.Writers fulfill readers’ expectations by addressing these questions, observations and interpretations in the personal statement.Writers can anticipate readers’ expectations by completing and critically reading their applications prior to writing a personal statement.
16 Critical Reading and Analytical Writing Answers to L1 questions provide details in paragraphs.Answers to L2 questions are topic sentences of paragraphs.Answers to L3 questions are thesis statements of essays.Level one: FactsLevel two: InterpretationLevel three: Meaning and significance
17 Writing ProcessRead the application critically using levels of questions.Draft.Get feedback — give readers at least a week to respond.Revise for organization, clarity and meaning.Proofread.