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Twelve Guiding Principles for Creating a Sparkling College Application Personal Statement

Posted on Oct 10, 2019 7:45:28 PM

College application personal statements and application writing supplements are entirely different, have entirely different purposes, and should be approached entirely differently.

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Topics: College Admission, College Application, Person Statement

How to Respond to the UF Essay Prompts

Posted on Aug 13, 2019 11:12:41 AM

According to UF admissions, if you’re applying to become a freshman, you must submit a personal essay that allows admissions to get to know who you are. The word count limit is specified in the two application platforms – either the Coalition or Common Application, the latter of which UF is accepting for the first time this year. Here are the essay prompts from which to choose

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Topics: College Application, UF, Person Statement

Your College Application Personal Statement − Chapter 5: Effective Self-Reflection for Impact − The Closing Paragraph

Posted on Jul 25, 2019 6:01:00 AM

Over and over in our chapters up to this point, we’ve stated explicitly that your personal statement must convey qualities that reveal your character to the admissions reader. It’s not coincidental that the closing sentences of your personal statement essay should also leave the reader with a final burnished image. In the best case, you tie together your narrative with mature reflection. Therein lies the impact of your writing.

Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement

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Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement

Your College Application Personal Statement − Chapter 4: Writing That Great Opening Line

Posted on Jul 24, 2019 6:00:00 AM

They read hundreds − if not thousands − of application essays, morning, afternoon, and evening.  They are the people in college admissions looking for the good read, the applicant’s essay that will make their day. That’s why getting the reader’s attention right from the start goes a very long way toward making you stand out from a long procession of students.

Topics: College Application, Application Essays, Person Statement

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Topics: College Application, Application Essays, Person Statement

Your College Application Personal Statement – Chapter 2: Your Character Counts

Posted on Jul 23, 2019 12:01:00 PM

In your English and history classes, your teachers have endlessly promoted the use of an outline of principal ideas as an aid to writing an essay. On that outline framework, you “hang” the necessary details to complete your writing. Insofar as the college application personal statement is concerned, such outlines could surely help in developing your ideas. Just as you open your school writing assignment with a thesis idea and end the essay by picking up and repeating the main idea thread, your personal statement can do the same. But there are significant differences between practically all school writing and this college entrance task.

Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement

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Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement

Your College Application Personal Statement – Chapter 3: Selecting a Topic

Posted on Jul 23, 2019 11:44:07 AM

Three of the four qualities we listed in our last blog chapter – maturity, self-reflection, and intellectual curiosity – must be combined well in order to be effective; your essay must tell a story whose conclusion demonstrates the fourth quality, the impact as expressed through personal reflection. You are not simply telling a story; you are demonstrating your observational powers at this stage in your life – specifically, how your story affected who you have become.

Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement

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Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement

Your College Application Personal Statement – Chapter 1: Starting Steps

Posted on Jul 21, 2019 8:31:00 PM

Because college applications are due during the first semester of your senior year, you should begin them now, if you haven’t already done so. Otherwise, they’ll interfere with your schoolwork. Since more than 800 colleges accept the Common Application, we’re going to focus on it.

Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement

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Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement

Getting started: Crafting Your College Essay

Posted on Feb 1, 2019 11:03:18 AM

By the start of their second semester, most high school juniors have begun creating and honing a prospective college list, and scheduling college visits. What most don’t realize is that it’s also the ideal moment to begin working on college applications, especially the often-dreaded college application essay (commonly known as the personal statement). Where to get started? What’s the perfect topic? What are college admission readers looking for? These and other student questions oftentimes result in panic and procrastination: I’ll worry about it this summer! Then suddenly, it’s September….

Topics: Essays, College Application, Application Essays, Person Statement

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Topics: Essays, College Application, Application Essays, Person Statement

Here’s Your Magic Formula for the Perfect College Application Essay - Score At The Top

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 8:07:53 AM

In our recent blog entitled Clearing Up Confusion About the College Application Personal Statement, we explained that “It doesn’t matter in the slightest what you write about for your Common and Coalition Application personal statements — as long as it’s about you. What does matter is what you say and how you say it, because you should have clear objectives, and we’ll provide you with advice on that matter in future blogs.” Here’s the first installment for you.

Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement, Essay

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Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement, Essay

Clearing Up Confusion About the College Application Personal Statement - Score At The Top

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 8:18:48 AM

At this time of year, it’s typical to see rising seniors agonize over what they should write for their college application personal statement. While some colleges have their own applications and unique personal statement prompts, most schools use the Common Application or the Coalition Application, each with its own set of essay prompts. Here they are for each application for 2018-19:

Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement, Essay

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Topics: College Admission, Application Essays, Person Statement, Essay

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