Personal Statement Brainstorming

Still working on your Personal Statement draft? Try brainstorming with the activities worksheet, responding to prompts from in-state schools, and reading other student’s Personal Statements to see some good examples!

Start here for a memories brainstorming activity:

Week11MemoriesActivityWorksheet.docx

Check out past statement prompts from local schools:

Week11PromptsfromWASchools.docx

Read some examples from real students from Seattle Schools:

Week11AdditionalExampleCANPersonalStatements.docx


For example…

These are the University of Washington (Seattle) prompts for 2018:

“At the University of Washington, we consider the college essay as our opportunity to see the person behind the transcripts and the numbers. Some of the best statements are written as personal stories. In general, concise, straightforward writing is best, and that good essays are often 300 to 400 words in length.

Maximum length: 500 words

The UW will accept any of the five Coalition prompts.

Choose from the options listed below.

  1. Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  2. Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  3. Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  4. What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give younger siblings or friends (assuming they would listen to you)?
  5. Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.”

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