"Starting with a blank piece of paper" is a good thing - you, the writer, are in charge! So why is it so difficult to write a personal statement? We think there are a couple of things that make writing the essay challenging. First, it is personal. Yuck, who wants to write about their feelings? Second, there is pressure that the essay has to be "perfect". This is a myth. The essay needs to be authentic, but not perfect.
We work with students using a 3-step approach to identify a personal story, explain what they have learned, and explore why what they learned matters. We start big, iterate, and end up with a compelling narrative that reveals the student's personality and defining characteristics.
College Application Essay Workshop
Haven't started your college essays yet? Not sure what to write about? How personal does the personal essay need to be?
Don't wait until the last minute, kickstart your essay over UEA! Join us for Breakaway's College Application Essay Workshop. Join us for a 3-hour workshop where we will look at the characteristics of good (and bad) essays, brainstorm ideas, and create a rough draft of your personal statement essay.
- October 19th
- 3 hours, 1:00pm-3:00pm
- 875 Iron Horse Dr, Park City
- limited to 3 students
Given the personal nature of essay writing, coaching in a one-on-one setting may be preferred. Students will meet with our essay specialist in person for several sessions, and share drafts and feedback via email until the essay is completed. Register below for whichever type of session fits your needs.