6 Red Flag Words to Watch Out for in Your Personal Statement

I read a lot of Personal Statement drafts, about 500 per year to be exact. Yes, I counted. And there are a couple of things that I see over and over again that weaken what is potentially a really great essay. I can see these issues (vagueness, lack of clarity, unflattering representation of oneself) creeping …

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5 Steps to Show That You’re a Worthy Investment in Your Personal Statement!

Whenever you are applying for an opportunity that is competitive—whether it be college, graduate school, law school, med school, a scholarship, or a job—you are asking someone to take a risk and invest in you. There are typically a limited number of spots available, so in economic terms the supply (number of applicants) outweighs demand …

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Should I Write About Covid-19 In My Personal Statement / College Admission Essay?

As I write this post, we are very much still in the thick of the Covid-19 global pandemic. Many colleges and grad schools are taking stock of the situation and shifting to test-optional admissions. This means that Personal Statements and admission essays will carry even more weight than before. But, hey, no pressure! As the …

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College Admissions Essay Hack: Demonstrate A Growth Mindset Instead of Talking About Your Accomplishments

When applying for college, graduate school, or a scholarship, it’s only natural that you would want to put your best foot forward and use the Personal Statement to tell your readers “hey, I’ve got what it takes to succeed!” But how do you set yourself apart when so many applicants have similar GPAs, test scores, …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Strong Personal Statement

Let’s face it, writing a Personal Statement is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be just another hoop you jump through as part of an application. Believe it or not, framing your narrative for a Personal Statement can actually be a rewarding experience during which you discover something about yourself, your motivations, and your goals. …

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A Personal Statement Secret Revealed (Hint: it’s not about “the story”!)

There are many reasons that writing a Personal Statement can feel like a soul sucking experience. If you’re faced with the prospect of writing a Personal Statement, you might be wondering how you’re going to fit in who you are in a one-page essay. How do you respond to those annoyingly vague essay prompts? After …

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