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University of California Personal Statement

Tips and instructions for writing the UC personal statement

Adrienne Grayson

on 23 October 2013

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Transcript of University of California Personal Statement

University of California
Personal Statement
Getting started is half the battle
Know the Basics
Know the prompts
Know the Tips & Techniques
Get Feedback!
Adrienne Grayson
Director, EAOP

Your personal statement should be exactly that —
This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself — your hopes, ambitions, life experiences, and inspirations.
Respond to two prompts within 1,000 words.

Allocate the word count as you wish.
but no more or less than 750/250.
Prompt #1

Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
Prompt #2

Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
Describe your dreams and aspirations and how your world has helped shape them.
Write your personal statement in
Microsoft Word

Don't type it directly into the application. This way, you can print multiple copies for review.

After you're satisfied with it, then
copy and paste
it into the online application in plain text.
Present your information and ideas in a
specific, concrete examples
to support your point.
Lists are
Write Persuasively
Check for
grammar, and
essay flow.
Have at least 3 - 5 readers.
Though your personal statement should reflect your own ideas and be written by you alone, family, teachers and friends can offer valuable suggestions.
Do not plagiarize from sources in print or online and do not use anyone's published words but your own.
This is just one of many pieces of information we consider in reviewing your application.
An admission decision will never be based on your personal statement alone.
Sets the tone for the writer and the reader
Reminds the writer to stay on track
Guiding light
A Great Thesis is a Great Start
What is a thesis?
Why is it important?
What can it do?
Although my school does not offer Advanced Placement Spanish, I wanted to master Spanish so that I could enrich my understanding of the literature of Latin America and prepare for my eventual career goal of becoming a diplomat. I prepared on my own for the Advanced Placement Spanish exam, and as a result have become a more disciplined and engaged student in all of my classes.
Sample Thesis - Prompt 2
Qualities the Personal Statement should demonstrate...
What Kind of College Student Will You Be?
Working w/ Others
Demonstrate Sensitivity of Differences
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
Personal Growth
Ask, what in my application needs more explanation?
Know You
- Who am I?
- How did I become who I am?
- How did I get to where I am today?
- Why do I do the things I do?
- What do I like most about myself?
- What have I accomplished
- What do I need to work on?
Who ME?
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