Monday, August 19, 2013

Personal Statement: College Applications & Three Time Periods

Summer, even late summer, is the time 
to start working on those college application essays

August is the time when diligent rising high school seniors start working on their college applications. It is also that time of year when the panic begins. I’m here to squelch that panic and help you brainstorm, write, edit and revise your personal statement.

As you’ve heard countless times, your personal statement can help you stand out from the other applicants. Spend some time brainstorming what you’ve done, what you’re currently doing and what you want to do. (And yes, you can tell your parents that thinking, even if it looks like you aren’t doing anything, is an important part of the process.)

Those three time periods (past, present and future) are the key to a strong essay. You want to clearly present something about your past accomplishments, what you hope to do in college (a soon to be present) and how college will help you to achieve your long term goals in the future.

After all, you are choosing colleges to apply to with similar things in mind. You know how selective they are (that is to say, what applicants accomplished before they were accepted), what the students and faculty achieve on campus (the present) and the alums' accomplishments (the future.) Therefore, you need to show where you fit into those three parts. After all, schools also want to know what you’ll contribute to their community when you are a student and later as an alum. 

I’ve already started meeting with students and booking fall appointments. Contact me today to make your appointment to discuss your essay in person (Washington, D.C.) on the phone or via video conference. I have day and evening appointments still available on both weekdays and weekends. Click here to read more about my writing coach services.

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