When I say educational, I mean I’ve learned so much about myself and so much about life.I learned what the words family, love, betrayal, law and life meant.
Interesting stories I’ve read about in personal statements include a man who grew up in four different countries while his parents worked for the Peace Corps, a blind student from South Korea who was adopted into an American family and completed an internship involving service to disabled high school students, a woman who left an international modeling career to return to school full-time, a student who completed a bachelor’s degree over an eight-year period while battling multiple sclerosis, a student whose father went to jail for the duration of the student's high school years, and a student who had placed a novel with a major publishing house at the age of 19.
Such personal stories and accomplishments are too interesting, and in some cases too moving, not to share.
If you don't feel you have this under your belt yet, consider hunting for an internship this summer, or volunteering for a worthy cause.
It cannot only lead you to a great topic for an essay, but it will also give you real world experience which will help you learn more about your goals as you prepare for college.
The answers to this third question, says the Director of Admissions and Aid, are her favorite.
Though most applicants simply write creative essays, others send in poems, games, puzzles—even cassette recordings or videotapes.As reported in the book , the Stern School of Business at New York University does something a bit unusual in its application questions to applicants.As many programs do, the school uses a series of questions rather than just one, but the third question asks students to describe themselves to their classmates, allowing for some creative elbow room.Mount Holyoke, an all-women’s college, has a program in speaking, writing, and arguing, and sponsors an annual intercollegiate poetry competition.Not all readers will know the details about these programs, and the personal statement provides a perfect opportunity for graduates of such programs to take advantage of interesting experiences built right into their education.What I’m sure happened was that the student misconstrued the context for the personal essay and interpreted it almost as a confessional opportunity.I’ve witnessed other students use the personal statement to stumble sloppily through discussions of the death of a pet, a protest rally that turned into a small riot, a bad case of lactose intolerance, a religious conversion, and ten years away from school “bumming around with a rock band.” Writers who do this are often focusing on one small part of their application (such as a poor semester of grades) or something they view as so self-defining (such as a political cause) that they feel almost obliged to discuss the topic.As you compose your personal statement, mine your educational and personal experiences to be sure you’re not overlooking something of interest that will both define and uplift you in the eyes of your readers.Colleges may want students to describe a significant work experience.Obviously, in most graduate applications, students don’t have such options when it comes to delivering the material.However, those with particularly interesting personal tales or educational paths should always look for ways to highlight them in writing.