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How to Write Perfect UC Personal Statements

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 18, 2015 4:30:00 PM

College Essays

If you're applying to any University of California campus as an incoming freshman, then you have a special challenge ahead of you. Applicants need to answer four UC personal insight questions, chosen from a pool of eight unique prompts different from those on the Common App. But not to worry! This article is here to help.

In this article, I will dissect in detail the 8 UC essay prompts. What are they asking you for? What do they want to know about you? What do UC admissions officers really care about? How do you avoid boring or repulsing them with your essay?

I'll break all of these important questions down for each prompt. I’ll discuss how to pick the 4 prompts that are perfect for you. I'll also give you examples of how to make sure your essay fully answers UC's questions. Finally, I'll instruct you step-by-step on how to come up with your best ideas for your UC personal statements.

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Complete Strategies: Common App Essay Prompts (2016-17)

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Oct 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

College Essays

If you’re applying to more than one or two colleges, there's a good chance you'll have to use the Common Application, and that means you’ll probably have to write a Common App essay.

In this guide, I’ll cover everything you need to know about the essay. I'll break down every single Common App essay prompt by covering:

  • What is the question asking?
  • What do college admissions officers want to hear from you?
  • What topics can you write about effectively?
  • What should you avoid at all costs?

This will be your complete starting guide for Common App essays. At the end of reading this, you should have a lot of ideas for your own essays and directions to write a really strong personal statement.

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Which Common App Essay Prompt Should You Choose?

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 17, 2015 8:30:00 AM

College Essays

On the one hand, the fact that the Common Application has five essay prompts to choose from is great news! No matter what your story, you’re sure to find a good fit. On the other hand, having five prompts means you can write five different kinds of essays, each with its own potential pitfalls and clichés to steer around.

In this article, I’ll outline two totally different approaches to figuring out which Common App essay prompt is right for you and help you brainstorm possible ideas for each. I'll also talk about what makes great college essays great, and give examples of what you want to avoid when crafting your essay.

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What Is a Personal Statement? Everything You Need to Know About the College Essay

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Sep 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Essays

In addition to standardized test scores and transcripts, a personal statement or essay is a required part of many college applications. This requirement can be one of the most stressful parts of the process because it's the most open ended. 

In this guide, I'll answer the question, "what is a personal statement?" I'll talk through common college essay topics and what makes for an effective personal statement. 

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