Tips for Writing Your Unique Personal Statement

Telling your Unique Story

Each college requires a personal statement along with your application. Be prepared to write and re-write your story, and have it looked at many times.


Questions to Ask Yourself:

1. What makes you and your life story unique/impressive?

2. What are your career goals?

3. Have you had to overcome any obstacles so far throughout your life?

4. What skills and experience do you have?



• Tell a Story

• Give specifics to keep the admissions committee interested

• Make a compelling case

• Start Out Strong – Just as employers may not have time to read your whole resume, the college admissions’ team may not be able to read your whole story

• Be Creative; Do not begin with a generic first sentence such as “My life has been very challenging because _______”

• Pick a topic you are passionate about

• Self Promote – but, don’t over do it, your story will sell itself

• Do not compare yourself to others, just be yourself

• Reveal something you know about the college you are applying to (i.e. based off of the missions statement, classes, major, etc) – this shows you did your research • Check your spelling and grammar


Visit for more tips and advice from Arielle Fiffer  – College/Career Advisor

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