Writing Your Personal Statement Without The Stress
(Please share this with the college-bound teen in your life!)
Many high school seniors go into panic mode during college applications time because they have to face writing the dreaded personal statement. After all, supposedly it is the most important part of your application and will determine if you get into the college you want. Is it even possible to think about the “personal statement” without the stress?
Relax. You don’t have to stress out about college admissions. Every year more than 2 million students enroll in college, and if they can do it, so can you!
Also, the personal statement is only one of the ways that colleges know who you are, and writing it can be made easier. The Meemli team has a few, easy-to-follow tips to help you dial down the worrying, so take a deep breath, and let it go – you’ve got this!
Think about your favorite high school experiences. What did you love most about high school? What are you most proud of? How did these great experiences help shape you as a person?
You’ll most likely never do this again, so take the time to discover who you are, and what makes you special, and enjoy the process. Remember, this essay is a chance to showcase your best self!
The personal statement is supposed to be “personal” – it’s about you. What is important to you and why you would be a great fit for the college, and it has to be something that you believe in.
So make sure it is about the real you, not who you think the admissions officer wants to read about. They are highly experienced and are very good at spotting essays that are inauthentic.
College essays have some requirements. It is not just answering the question asked or sticking to the word limit, but also taking into account your tone, voice and more.
Take the trouble to find out the dos and don’ts for writing your college essay and make sure you follow them. For an easy way to keep track of the must-haves, get your free copy of the Meemli College Essay checklist here!
While the college essay is all about you, and yes, you have to write it yourself, you don’t have to struggle through it on your own. It is perfectly acceptable to get guidance from helpful sources if you’re having difficulties with your essay or if you just want to make sure you have written it the way you want it to be.
When you get advice, make sure you get it from the right people who have the skills and experience to help you. Usually your school will offer resources that may be useful to you, if not, you can look at other options.
Meemli has some great, affordable, and very convenient options that might suit you.
- Need active help in writing your essay? Check out these options.
- Want an expert review of your draft? Send it in for detailed, personalized feedback from our experienced teachers.
So make a commitment to yourself to reduce your stress about the personal statement and remember to enjoy the process of writing about your awesome self and showing the colleges why they should admit you.
Do you have some ideas to share about college essays? We’d love to hear from you!