The personal essay helps colleges become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself.
I. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
II. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
III. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
IV. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
V. A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
VI. Topic of your choice.
Suggested length is 400-700 words.
Checklist for success:
_______ Catchy, unique title; intriguing, engaging lead; ending that wraps up the essay and leaves the writer something to think about
_______ Information and details, including specific, lively, & engaging language
_______ Tight focus on one idea, topic, or concept
_______ Personal meaning and relevance
_______ Sentence fluency, variety, and voice.
I will be using the SHHS writing rubric to evaluate your essay. Click here to view the rubric.