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Personal Statement
By Jasmin Siguenza
Gustavo Rodriguez
Prompt Directions
O All applicants must respond to two essay prompts.
O Responses to the two prompts must not exceed
1,000...
Prompt #1
O Freshman example:
O Describe the world you come from- for
example, your family, community or
school – and tell...
Prompt #1 (continued)
O Transfer example:
O What is your intended major? Discuss how your
interest in the subject develope...
Prompt #2
O Both freshman and transfer applications
include a second prompt that is the same.
O Tell us about a personal q...
Tips
O Start early on your personal statements! It
is important that you give yourself time.
O Brainstorming before you be...
Tips from us!
O Think about your accomplishments in general. It
doesn’t have to be only in school, but things that
you are...
Additional Comments
O This has a 550 word limit.
O At the end of the UC application, there is an “Additional
comments” sec...
Questions ?
Comments?
Concerns?
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Meet 6 Your Personal Statement

  1. 1. Personal Statement By Jasmin Siguenza Gustavo Rodriguez
  2. 2. Prompt Directions O All applicants must respond to two essay prompts. O Responses to the two prompts must not exceed 1,000 words total. O Allocate the word count as you wish. If you choose to respond to one prompt more at a greater length, it is recommended that one prompt is no less than 250 words. O Lastly, make sure to use a word processing program– DO NOT type directly into the application until you are ready to submit the application.
  3. 3. Prompt #1 O Freshman example: O Describe the world you come from- for example, your family, community or school – and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations
  4. 4. Prompt #1 (continued) O Transfer example: O What is your intended major? Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had in the field- such as volunteer work, internships and employment, participation in student organizations and activities- and what you have gained from your involvement. O Tip: if you haven’t had experience in the field, consider including experience in the classroom. This may include working with faculty or doing research projects.
  5. 5. Prompt #2 O Both freshman and transfer applications include a second prompt that is the same. O Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are.
  6. 6. Tips O Start early on your personal statements! It is important that you give yourself time. O Brainstorming before you begin writing. O Write persuasively; sell yourself. O Use “I” statements. O After writing it the first time, proofread and edit it as much as possible. O Solicit feedback; have others read your PS’s.
  7. 7. Tips from us! O Think about your accomplishments in general. It doesn’t have to be only in school, but things that you are proud of in your life. O Write passionately, it is important to show how much you care, or cared, about your accomplishment. O Don’t flood them with your accomplishments, choose a couple and elaborate with specific and concrete examples. O Don’t be afraid to fluff up your story.
  8. 8. Additional Comments O This has a 550 word limit. O At the end of the UC application, there is an “Additional comments” section where you can write another statement at your own will, it is not required, nor does it help your chances of getting in, but it is there to give you the option of explaining yourself further. O In this section you may provide addition clarification of other accomplishments, such as honors, awards, and activities. O This is where you will want to add anything the application did not ask for, but you feel that it is absolutely necessary or important.
  9. 9. Questions ? Comments? Concerns?

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