Essay and Personal Statements

What is the college essay or personal statement?
It’s one of the best ways a university gets to know you and your writing ability outside test scores. It often can make or break an acceptance decision. So writing your best and giving yourself plenty of time is critical.

Points To Remember

  • How you write reveals your writing abilities
  • What you write reveals important aspects about yourself
  • Essay Questions often vary depending on the university

Mr. Gartz’s 6 Tips to a Winning Essay

  1. Outline:
    Begin writing an outline and create an essay during year 12.
  2. Title
    All essays should have a creative and unique title.
  3. Thesis Statement
    Answer the question being asked in your introduction. Universities want to see that you are a good listener as well as writer.
  4. Personal Story
    Show your character. What makes you unique and talented? Make yourself stand out and tie this into your future academic goals.

    • ex.) A student may have participated in MUN and won best proposal. This            made them realize they have a gift for debate and now want to translate that into a law degree.
  5. Why This University?
    Let them know you’ve made an educated decision and are intent on studying there.
    Share how you will contribute and what this particular university can help you achieve
  6. End Graciously
    Restate the theme of the essay from title and body paragraphs. End graciously!

Did You Know? 

Some Universities will ask you to write more than 1 essay. Sometimes even up to 3 or 4, with varying length including some short answers.

Resources:

Tips from Outside Sources

Instructions:

  1. Click on the relevant country template link below. Choose “USE TEMPLATE” to start your own copy.

 Peer Review

Instructions:

  1. Click on the relevant country template link below. Choose “USE TEMPLATE” to start your own copy.

Peer Review

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Tips on Writing a Quality Essay

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