Your Writing Section is a critical part of your application for admission and for scholarships and is a required part of your admission file. Format
Content as well as form, spelling, grammar, punctuation, will be considered. You should write your statement first in a word processing program (such as Word) or a text editor, and then copy/paste it into the text box below. Some formatting may be lost, but this will not affect the evaluation of your application. We've observed that most students write a polished formal essay for the Personal Statement yet submit a more casual Short Response and Journal of Activities & Achievements. Give every part of the Writing Section your very best effort, presenting yourself in standard, formal English. Write like it matters, not like you're texting. This is an application for college, not a message to your BFF. Writing i instead of I, cant for cannot, yr for you're: not so gr8. A. Personal Statement (required)
The Personal Statement is our best means of getting to know you and your best means of creating a context for your academic performance. When you write your personal statement, tell us about those aspects of your life that are not apparent from your academic record: * a character-defining moment
* the cultural awareness you've developed
* a challenge faced
* a personal hardship or barrier overcome
Choose either 1 or 2. Recommended length: 2 pages. (500-650 words) 1. Discuss how your family's experience or cultural history enriched you or presented you with opportunities or challenges in pursuing your educational goals.
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2. Tell us a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. Tips
* Some of the best statements are written as personal stories. We welcome your imaginative interpretation. * You may define experience broadly. For example, in option 2, experience could be a meeting with...
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