Writing Your Personal (College) Essay

Nearly all colleges and universities require applicants to submit a personal essay, which can seem like a daunting task. It is important to think of the personal essay as an opportunity to illustrate what makes the applicant unique, showcase creativity and writing talent, and provide information to admissions officers that was not evident through the student's transcript or activity list. The following links are resources to help students write their best personal essays:

https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/college-essay - How to write an essay that sets you apart

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2019-04-24/college-essay-examples-how-to-write-your-story - How to write a college essay that showcases your voice and personality

https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-write-the-common-application-essays-2019-2020/ - How to break down prompts, organize thoughts, and craft a strong, meaningful response that stands out

https://www.conncoll.edu/admission/apply/essays-that-worked/ - Tips for writing college essays and a collection of admissions essays from Connecticut College that worked

https://apply.jhu.edu/application-process/essays-that-worked/#essay1 - Selections from essays that impressed admissions officers at Johns Hopkins

https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/college-essay-examples - College essays that worked and personal stories that stood out