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AVID—The Personal Statement
You should have written a personal statement last fall. If so, your task is simple, REVISE! Make it the greatest written representation of who you are. In some cases, this is the only personal information a college admissions board knows about you. So you must SHINE! 
Important Dates:


  • DRAFT DUE 10/5/09—ONLINE OR PRINTED (PEER REVISE IN 331)

  • TYPING DURING CLASS 10/5/09 AND 10/7/09

  • FINAL DRAFTS DUE 10/9/09 BY 5PM (TYPED--EMAILED OR PRINTED)


General Guidelines:
(IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A ROUGH DRAFT, JUST SKIM THESE QUESTIONS AND MAKE SURE YOU COVERED THEM IN YOUR ESSAY.)
Do…

  1. Brainstorm—take a personal inventory. Please answer the following questions on a SEPARATE sheet of notebook paper.

-What makes you unique? Can you think of a story about yourself that would make you stand out?

-What will you major in? What are your career plans after college?

-What should the admissions committee know about you (honors, achievements, sports, club, church, or work involvement)?

-Why would you be a good candidate for their school?


  1. Your homework—research the school and/or major to which you are applying. Find out who you’d be sending this to and what specific information that college requires.




  1. Write a coherent, well-structured essay. Your essay should be at least 4 paragraphs long. Remember a “healthy” paragraph means at least 5 sentences!

RECOMMENDED ESSAY STRUCTURE:

PARAGRAPH 1: Introduce yourself with a quotation, anecdotal story, or an engaging question.

PARAGRAPH 2: Discuss your intended major and future career plans.

PARAGRAPH 3: Discuss what personal information the admissions committee should know about you (honors, achievements, sports, club, church, or work involvement). What strengths will you bring to their college?



PARAGRAPH 4: Tie together the various issues that you have raised in the essay, and reiterate your interest in this specific college. You might also mention how this job or degree is a step towards a long-term goal in the closing paragraph.


  1. Bring a handwritten or online draft to class on Monday, October 5th. This is worth 100 points toward your grade. If you show Mr. Bullie the rough draft late, you’ll receive only 75 points for it (out of 100).

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