Senior Personal Statement Protocol & Prompt
Senior Personal Statement
I. What is a personal statement?
personal statement is used to describe an individual’s background, interests, plans for future study and career aspirations. The statement should include a
discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans
II. What is the word count expected?
800 words minimum-1000 words maximum (there is a quantitative reason)
3A. In one cohesive essay, your personal statement needs to “weave in,” “connect” or “answer” four of any eight questions below:
*New 2016-2017-UC Personal Statement Prompts
1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have
positively influenced others, helped
resolve disputes, or contributed to group
efforts over time.
person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways:
problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few.
Describe how you express your creative side.
3. What would you say is your greatest
talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated
that talent over time?
4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational
opportunity or worked to overcome
an educational barrier
you have faced.
5. Describe the most significant challenge
you have faced and the steps you
have taken to overcome
this challenge. How has this challenge affected your
6. Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.
7. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
8. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates as
you apply for an internship, scholarship, university
admission, job, and/or position
3B. In your personal statement choose to “weave in,” “connect” or “answer” one
of any five prompt questions below:
*2016-2017 Common Application
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe
their application would be incomplete without it. If this
sounds like you, then please share your story.
The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount
an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what
you learn from the experience?
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to
act? Would you make the same decision again?
4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an
intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of
personal importance, no matter the scale.
Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your
transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
IV. Now that you have chosen to answer four questions—from the prompts
above-- for your personal statement, please create the narrative.
V. Write, Edit, Peer Share, Revise, Finalize, Proofread, Repeat…..
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