Too often, students hold back in their college essay writing because they don’t want to brag. It’s a classic Catch-22 situation.
In a personal statement, you need to communicate what makes you wonderful without boasting about how wonderful you are.
The good news is that you can write compelling essays without bragging. First, you have to really own your experiences. After all, they matter to you. Think about why they matter to you. Then, as you write, demonstrate why you’re passionate about them by providing context and details.
As you tell the story that absolutely, positively must be told, the reader will appreciate learning about who you are and how you relate to the world (I promise!).