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Common App essay Vs. UCAS personal statement

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Common App essay Vs. UCAS personal statement
Common Application Essay-Easy Mistakes
1. Select the Best Topic and Subject.
Mistakes cont......
3. Be Personable and Specific.
Common App 2016 Essays
PROMPT #1: Some students have a background , identity, 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.
Last Point.....
BE YOURSELF!
Resist the temptation to quickly make a selection. Instead make an inventory of your key experiences and achievements, adjectives that describe you. Then read the options carefully and decide which topic(s) provides the best opportunity to portray your self in a desirable manner.
2. Answer the question
Read the prompt carefully and pay particular attention to two part questions. For example, if you choose to “evaluate a significant experience, achievement or risk you have taken and its impact on you”, make sure you thoughtfully and critically analyze both the situation and its impact. They are looking to get an idea of your character
Colleges don’t learn much from a generic essay. Most strong essays have more “show” than “tell”.
4. Make Your Essay The Right Length.
5. Watch your tone.
If you come across as a spoiled child, a stuck-up rich kid, lazy, sarcastic or a cynic, the admissions team might decide that you are not the right fit for their school. A bit of well placed humor is fine, but don’t try to be a comedian.
Common mistakes cont....
6. Don’t Rely on Your Computer’s Spell Checker
A good way to catch mistakes is to read your essay very slowly and out loud. Have multiple people read your essay!
7. Don’t Overlook the Mundane
Some of the best and most memorable essays are based on a simple conversation between people. Some essays of this type center on a moment of enlightenment or illumination when the writer views life from a new perspective and/or gains new confidence.
8. Don't rehash the resume
Common mistakes cont.....
9. Organize Your Essay.
An impressive essay generally contains a strong opening, well organized content, and a powerful closing.
If your essay lacks structure and seems to ramble, chances are it won’t impress the reader.
Start with an outline and design your essay paragraph by paragraph.
It has to be dynamic; specific to you and who you are and no one else.
It is often the catch-all for students who want to write about a subject that doesn’t fit within the confines of the other four prompts.
This prompt is best answered when it really does showcase a student’s history and personal growth.
Common Application 2016
PROMPT #2: The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental ter success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. Who did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
While the prompt is asking about failure, what admissions really wants to know is, when have you experienced failure and turned it into a personal success?
How do you deal with hardship?
Are you the kind of person who can rebound?
This is about overcoming obstacles, and refusing to submit to life’s greatest challenges.
Don't pick something trife-like not getting an A
Common Application 2016
PROMPT #3: Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
This is perhaps the most challenging prompt of the Common App’s selection.
It requires a student to speak passionately about beliefs and ideology, which can be difficult to mold into a compact stories.
Try to be positive, productive direction without traveling into preachy.
Make your first couple of sentences attention grabbing!
Common Application 2016
PROMPT #5: Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community or family.
This allows for a great deal of choice & flexibility.
Formal event to a small occurrence. Travel, meeting someone, new experience, etc.
What changed you as a person. When did you think differently than your parents or seek independence?
How did this event help you understand the world around you better.
Be descriptive. Be specific. And don’t forget to link your event back to its overall meaning in your life and experiences thus far.
UCAS
UCAS
Geared toward the
course you are applying for
NOT the school
Don't boast too much
My Thoughts.........
Brainstorm
start with an outline
Just write your 1st draft
Re-read it-next draft
Give to three people to read!
Then you're done!
STAY ORGANIZED!
Be smart!
Use your essay or
parts of your essays
for supplements
Cappex & Zinch create profiles to find more schools!
The most important
thing.....
Common Application 2016
Prompt #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.
Similar to prompt #2, glimpse into problem solving skills.
Think about traditional obstacles to small predicaments that inspired their action.
Also, think in an aspirational way. What kind of change would you like to make in the world? Be unique-big or little.


The Personal Statement can be used for supplemental essays too
Personal Statement California System
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