Personal Statements for College Entrance

You all know that colleges look at high school GPAs and SAT scores to determine college entrance. Many schools also require an essay or personal statement. Some colleges require that you write on a particular topic such as: "Describe an incident which changed your life" or "State why you would like to attend this college and what you can offer to this college." Other colleges will leave it entirely up to you and only prescribe the length.  Here's one hot off the web page from Tutf's University:  “What does #YOLO mean to you?”


The University of California system have a new writing format. You must write 4 of 8 prompts, each no more than 350 words. The prompts are found at here. These are NOT essays.

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1. Do the colleges you want to attend require a personal statement? If so, what are the instructions? Include the instructions and prompt in your document. Submit to  -
: Personal Essay for YOUR NAME, Period #

Please copy and paste your personal statement(s) into the text of your email along with the prompt and instructions.

DO NOT SHARE any documents with me. They will not be accepted.

2. Write the require personal statement. Last day to submit:  second Friday of Oct. If none of your colleges require a personal essay, write an essay for a scholarship or you may send me an email stating you do not need to write a personal essay and you don't need any money from a scholarship.

3. I encourage you to submit ALL the essays you need to write. I will be happy to read and comment on all of them. But you must meet the deadline above.

See previously written personal essays as examples.
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