A. Start now.
Start early to write your college-application essay. Start as soon as you know you will need to write one. Allow time to reflection, prepare and revise. Give yourself time to start all over, if you feel the need.
Choose a fascinating topic. You know that your application includes your grades, awards, activities, and so on. Write about something different or unique that will educate, amuse or answer questions for admissions evaluators. Use the personal statement to show another side of yourself.
Present your information and ideas in a focused, thoughtful and meaningful way. Support your ideas with examples. Do more than list your qualities or accomplishments.
Proofread. Print the essay in horizontal (“landscape”) format and read it again. Proofread. Switch between Arial and Times New Roman and read it again. Print it in 18-point type and read it again. Proofread.
These tips work for writing all personal essays, too.