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How do I write a strong personal statement?

Updated: May 5, 2020

Many of US in Egypt are not used to writing "reflective" and "personal" essays about ourselves. Our education system relies on studying hard then taking a test. For US applications, the process is entirely different. One critical piece of the application process is your personal statement.

So what is that? It is a personal story about you. Before you start writing a generic essay (which is a bad idea), we recommend you take some time to deeply reflect on the following questions:

  • What influenced you? (people, events, books, etc)

  • What do you care about and why? What do you stand up for?

  • What challenges you and why?

  • In the activities you did or at your school, what have you learned? how did you grow?

  • When did you exercise leadership? how do you define leadership? When did you fail to exercise leadership?

  • What are your strength and why?

  • Why are you interested in studying abroad?

Now that you've taken the time to reflect on your experiences and stories, take a look at the following two key resources for tips on how to write an incredible essay:

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