However, selective colleges receive applications from many worthy students with similar scores and grades—too many to admit.
So they use your essay, along with your letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities , to find out what sets you apart from the other talented candidates. You have a unique background, interests and personality.
For example: serious illness; disability; first generation in your family to attend college; significant financial hardship or responsibilities associated with balancing work, family and school.
Share those aspects of your life that are not apparent from your transcripts. Personal statements too often include sentences such as “I’ve always wanted to be a Husky” or “My whole family attended the UW.” Although this may be important to you personally, such reasons are not particularly valuable to the Admissions staff because they do not tell us anything distinctive about your experiences and ultimate goals.
In providing the context for your academic achievements and choices, describe your passions and commitments, your goals, a personal challenge faced, a hardship overcome or the cultural awareness you’ve gained. Your personal statement should reflect the experience and maturity of someone who has already attended college.
It should reflect your understanding of the components of an undergraduate education, such as general education and the major.We want to read how, specifically, your academic and personal experiences fit into your academic, career and personal goals.The best of personal statements draw in the reader and make them feel a part of your journey.A personal statement should tell a story that compels the reader to meet you and help you succeed.It should demonstrate your humanity as well as your ambitions.Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the University of Washington.Describe any personal or imposed challenges or hardships you have overcome in pursuing your education.This is your chance to tell your story (or at least part of it).The best way to tell your story is to write a personal, thoughtful essay about something that has meaning for you.Do not expect to write a personal statement in one sitting or even in one week.Starting early is essential, and early may mean months in advance of the submission deadline.