PERSONAL STATEMENT RESOURCES
THE PERSONAL STATEMENT
Learn how to write your personal statement for the Common Application using our pay-what-you-can comprehensive online courses, blog posts, podcast episodes, and more.
Online Courses and guides:
The Free Guide to Writing the Personal Statement
Kick things off with the two greatest brainstorming exercises ever, learn about options for structuring a personal statements + example outlines, check out some amazing example personal statements, and get on your way to writing your own killer personal statement for university applications.
How to Write a personal statement
A comprehensive video course for students.
A seven-part online course designed to gives students and counselors everything they need to figure out (or help someone else figure out) how to write a personal statement for the Common App. Watch the Q&A sessions after each session where I answer important questions about the personal statement-writing process and give feedback on essays to real high school seniors and junior like you. (Pay-What-You-Can spots available - see page for more details)
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The fast-track version of our How to Write a Personal Statement course
The fast-track version of our How to Write the College Application & Supplemental Essays course
A detailed review of your college essays & application from our team
Resources From the CEG blog:
100 Brave and interesting questions
100 deep questions to ask yourself, your writing partner, or anyone really. What’s the toughest decision you made today? What’s the toughest decision you made this year? What’s the toughest decision you ever made? What have you forgotten? And 96 more...
4 Qualities of an Amazing College Essay
I wasn't expecting that. I couldn't believe the ending. I feel like this person is just like me. This article offers four clear elements of an amazing personal statement for college by showing how two real sample personal statements express them.
The Great College Essay Test
Here’s my test for what makes a (not good, but) great college essay. Learn the four components that I look for in each and every college essay and how to add them to your own.
35+ Best College Essay Tips from College Application Experts
We reached out to some of my favorite college admissions experts—some current and former admissions officers—and asked one question: WHAT’S your favorite piece of advice about writing a college essay?
How To Start a College Essay: 9 Surefire Techniques
In anything you do, there’s a very special and pivotal moment when you Do The Darn Thing (DTDT for short). It’s when you get off the couch, stop binging Netflix, and take action.
How to Make Your Personal Statement Introduction Attention-Grabbing
Personal statements that start with intrigue are about a million times more likely to get read.
How to End a College Essay
Providing insight into your thesis by answering “Why is my thesis important?” can be the difference between a so-so essay and a "yay" essay. After years of hearing my students ask, “How do I do that?” I came up with four ways to write a strong college essay conclusion.
How To Write About Yourself: Great Tips For Personal Writing That Won't Sound Awkward
To help you hone your writing chops and prepare for your personal essay, here are four of the best ways to learn how to write about yourself.
How To Sound Smart In Your Personal Statement
Discover 3 ways to sound intelligent in your personal statement (even though that shouldn’t be your primary focus!).
How to Brag in Your College Essay (Without Sounding Annoying)
A personal statement is all about you. So how do you write about your accomplishments without sounding like you’re bragging? Spoiler: it’s all about the values.
How to Add More Vulnerability To Your Personal Statement
Vulnerability is at the heart of what I do. And it’s at the heart of a great college essay. What is vulnerability, and how do you use it to tell a great story?
Should I Come Out in My Personal Statement? (And If So, How)?
Broaching a sensitive topic in your college essay requires finesse. I’ve consulted dozens of experts to find out the best way to come out in your college essay (spoiler: there are many ways).
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PERSONAL STATEMENT EXAMPLES
Twelve College Essay Examples That Worked
Personal Statement Examples From Successful College Applications
The Best Common Application Essay Examples
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