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Senior Personal Statement Protocol & Prompt

Senior Personal Statement Protocol

I.   What is a personal statement?

A 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

and aspirations.


II. What is the word count expected?

800 words minimum-1000 words maximum (there is a quantitative reason)


III. Choose:

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.


2 Every 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 academic achievement?


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 Essay Prompts

1. 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.


2. 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 did 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.


5. 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..


*Student writing samples have been included in Readers and on school websites marked,

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