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How to Write an Essay about Yourself for College


1st Jul 2020 Life

Every year, students across the U.K. engage in the annual ritual of telling college and university admissions officers why they deserve a seat at the school of their choice. However, for many students, this task is fraught with anxiety and fear.



Writing about oneself can be massively stressful, especially for those of us who are naturally reticent about trumpeting our accomplishments too loudly. This, of course, leads many to ask the question: How should I write an essay about myself for college? Fortunately, there are several strategies that will allow you to complete an informative and powerful essay with dispatch. Of course, we cannot guarantee that even following all of the given tips you will get directly into college, but with this list your chances grow significantly. Don’t jump between numerous articles with tips, as it only gives you a false feeling of learning or achieving something, while your essay is actually still not written, and you are not even one step closer to your goal. Get started right away!

Get started by examining some of the key elements of a personal essay

When you have the need to talk about yourself, you need to think in terms of your audience. What do your readers need to know? Why? By focusing on the audience’s needs rather than what you would prefer to write, you will better position your paper to achieve your objectives. This rule works in all the aspects of our lives. When you need to advertise something, you should talk not about your product, but about the needs of others, the needs of your audience. When a good speaker talks, he or she doesn’t get in too many details of his or her feelings and experience, they address the audience's feelings and experience. You have to take into account your readers expectations.

Meet the reader’s expectations in an essay about yourself

Now, what does it mean to meet the audience’s needs? Your readers won’t need your complete life history. Instead, they hope to learn something essential about you. This essential element ought to be illustrative of who you are as a person. That means that you should avoid repeating your C.V. or providing a laundry list of accomplishments that the committee has already read about in your application. The subject you choose to discuss in your essay should provide a clear example of who you are and what you believe. Telling about a particularly traumatic or joyful experience, or relating a story that highlights key elements of a relationship with a family member of mentors, are typical formulae for producing an effective essay. They are, however, also standard ways of explaining oneself to a college or university.

Keep your individuality in the spotlight

Now, none of this should be taken to mean that you should attempt to ‘game’ the system by writing an essay that you think they want to read. Above all else, committees value authenticity. They want to hear your voice. Writing passionately about something you believe in is always a more effective choice than trying to intuit what you think a college most wants to hear from you. Always choose authentic passion over inauthentic pandering. You reader wants to see something personal about you, something that will make you stand out among others. Imagine how many applications the admission committee reads per day, and think twice before writing some general information that doesn’t show your individuality.

Experts often recommend looking for the most unique element of your life story. What sets you apart from others? It can be difficult to present ourselves as exceptional, and no one wants to read the musings of a braggart. The key is to balance self-promotion with humility. Tell your extraordinary story but remember not to oversell yourself. And above all, do not pretend to be someone you are not. That means that you should never lie. You should never borrow someone else’s life story, and you should never pretend to have achieved more than you did. Instead, spin the truth in your favor. This is an essay, not a news report. You are not obliged to present contrary viewpoints, nor are you required to include elements of your story that fail to cast you in the most positive light. Focus on the good, highlight the great, and ensure that you show the committee what sets you apart. 

Another thing to remember is that you are the expert on your own life. That means that you are the authority on yourself. You needn’t defer to others or rely on parents, teachers, or mentors to speak on your behalf. Your essay is your chance to tell your story, and you should seize that opportunity to showcase your own voice and provide insight into your own world. 

Look for the bulletproof ways to ensure your success

But if you lack the confidence to write about yourself, it is possible to go online and pay someone to help. Many websites, such as will help you to find experts to produce papers and essays for you so you can see the best approach to creating a personal essay. Professional writing services like these receive hundreds of online requests from U.K. students who request that they ‘write my essay for me’, sometimes asking them to do so for free. The experts who work for these academic services are nearly unanimous when it comes to the real purpose of hiring someone to write an essay, research paper or even dissertation for you. It shouldn’t be about passing in someone else’s work as one’s own. Instead, when a student needs a bit of help, seeing how an expert might approach that essay topic can help the student to do better by inspiring them with a model of the right way to write a personal essay. 

However you choose to approach your personal essay, the important thing is that it should be about you and reflect your personality, your values, and your passions. Your readers expect authenticity, and they can pick it up off the page.

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