- Writing a strong college admissions essay
- Avoiding common admissions essay mistakes
- Brainstorming tips for your college essay
- How formal should the tone of your college essay be?
- Taking your college essay to the next level
- Sample essay 1 with admissions feedback
- Sample essay 2 with admissions feedback
- Student story: Admissions essay about a formative experience
- Student story: Admissions essay about personal identity
- Student story: Admissions essay about community impact
- Student story: Admissions essay about a past mistake
- Student story: Admissions essay about a meaningful poem
- Writing tips and techniques for your college essay
In this example of a personal college essay, the author discusses about how they addressed challenges faced by their community, including a high dropout rate, gang activity, and drug use. The author explains how they used motivation to stay in school and work to bring positivity and success to their community.
- For my personal essay I decided to talk about my community. Talk about the negativity, such as the high school dropout rate. It's at 65%. Talk about the gang life, talk about drugs. Talk about how real men decide to lead the youth into going into crime, going into gangs. Things like that. Something that I saw with my own eyes. Something I hated. With that image in my eyes seeing neighbors doing this and that. Seeing cops arrest and separate families definitely motivated me to staying in school. To improve myself but also my community bring about positivity into my community. Be able to show others from my side of the community that people from where I'm from are able to go to college. Be something successful. Be a successful person.