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Polish
What do we learn about you?

What do we learn about you that we didn't know before reading your essay?

The essay should reveal something about you that is not evident in your application. Your personality. Convictions. Beliefs. Temperament. Intellect. Curiosity. Imagination. Creativity.

 

You know this. You've got this!

Review. Celebrate your accomplishment! Personal statements integrate your story and ​your vision. You may feel excited (and relieved). And hopefully, you feel empowered, too.

Before finalizing your essay, read it aloud. Notice if there are areas that need some fine-tuning. Does it flow? It should capture your personality and point-of-view.

Feedback. Share with people who are supportive and have experience critiquing college essays, such as a college counselor. Be open to their comments. Consider their points, and then decide if you need to make changes.

Here's a word of caution - too much feedback can make your head spin. What stays in and what goes out? That's your call. But it shouldn't read like it was written by committee. You know, a line from your teacher here, one from your friend there, and one from your dog, too. Woof! Honor your voice. 

Before hitting the "send" button, proofread for grammar, spelling, punctuation and verb tense. Double-check your word count.

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