UC Personal Statement Prompt Examples

UC Essay Prompt Examples

How to Respond to the UC Essay Prompts Many students are quite interested in applying to one or many of the campuses within the University of California system (or the “UC system” for short).  That’s not too surprising as 6 of the 9 campuses (UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis,…

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How to Answer the Supplemental Questions to the Common Application

Answering the Supplemental Questions to the Common Application

Also known as the College Specific Supplement, the Supplemental Questions to the Common Application give students an opportunity to tell admissions officers exactly why they want to attend their school. They also give schools the ability to differentiate themselves from other colleges and universities also using the Common Application (which is designed to be…”common”). Here…

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Personal Statement FAQ

Common Mistakes on College Applications

When I first meet with families and students, they always ask about the college essay, aka “the personal statement.”  Fears and questions run the gamut.  Some students elude topic altogether and are in denial that they will need to write one.  Others just have no idea how to start writing.  Here are some examples of…

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Common Mistakes on College Applications

Common Mistakes on College Applications

Each year my students tend to fall for the same mistakes when filling out college applications.  Because the UC, Common Application, and many others have not yet revealed their 2011-2012 Fall application, I will base these mistakes on past years’ applications.  Most will still apply for the next application season, do don’t you get caught…

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Personal Statement Sample

Personal Statement Samples

Following up on examples of how to begin and end your personal statement, I wanted to post another great beginning and ending from one of my private counseling students. BEGINNING I am not scared of heights, crowds, closed spaces, spiders, or snakes.  My pulse hardly quickens when I get up on stage in front of…

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Personal Statement Example

Personal Statement Example

How to Begin & End Your Essay Sometimes it’s easier to understand how to write a personal statement by reading through some good examples.  I am not giving these 3 examples so that anyone can use them for themselves.  This is just a good way to see how the lessons you’ve learned can be put…

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How to Format Your Personal Statement

How to Format Your Personal Statement

This is part I in a three-part series on how to format a personal statement or application essay. How to Format Your Personal Statement How Not to Format Your Personal Statement Part I How Not to Format Your Personal Statement Part II How Not to Begin Many students get stuck trying to figure out how…

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