PERSONAL STATEMENT

Write your personal statement using our free and low-cost comprehensive online courses, which include personal statement examples for college, outlines and formats, and more to help you learn how to write a personal statement for university applications if you're a high school senior or junior.

 

The Essay Workshop in a Box: The Free Guide to Writing the Personal Statement

Kick things off with the two greatest brainstorming exercises ever, learn about the four types of personal statements with their accompanying formats and outlines, check out some amazing example personal statements, and get on your way to writing your own killer personal statement for university applications.


Personal Statement Boot Camp: Comprehensive Course for Students, Parents & Counselors

It’s a seven-part online course designed to gives students and counselors everything they need to figure out (or help someone else figure out) how to write a personal statement for the Common App. Watch the Q&A sessions after each session where I answer important questions about the personal statement-writing process and give feedback on essays to real high school seniors and junior like you trying to write their personal statements for college.


THE FREE ONE-HOUR GUIDE TO ANSWERING THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PROMPTs

Get an overview of the UC application, learn about the 14 points of comprehensive review, find the best way to select your four personal insight questions, and learn two ways to answer all four of them and knock out your UC personal statement.


100 Brave and interesting questions

100 deep questions to ask yourself, your writing partner, or anyone really. What’s the toughest decision you made today? What’s the toughest decision you made this year? What’s the toughest decision you ever made? What have you forgotten? If you were guaranteed the answer to one question, what would it be? And 95 more...


4 Qualities of an Amazing College Essay

I wasn't expecting that. I couldn't believe the ending. I feel like this person is just like me. What are the goal posts you need to hit before you click submit? This article offers four clear elements of an amazing personal statement for college by showing how two real sample personal statements express them


The Ten Types of Movie (and Personal Statement) Plots

In Save the Cat, the very excellent screenwriting book by the late Blake Snyder, Mr. Snyder claims there are ten basic movie plots. It’s a rad concept and it just may help you figure out the plot (aka story) for your college essay. Here are all 10 plots, with examples from both movies and personal statements.