Are you preparing for the college application? Then there is a big chance you will be asked to write a personal essay. In essence, this sort of task is your way to say “I am a worthy candidate” but, well, without actually saying that. You’ll be answering another question instead (set by those who’ll be reading your statement) but don’t be deceived by its simplicity – they’ll be expecting your writing to be radiant and clear. That’s why writing a personal statement is so important (it defines your success or failure) and that’s why so many students face so much trouble with it.
Write at least three drafts of your essay. Think of your first draft as your rough draft. After you're done writing it, wait a day or two, then take a look at it with fresh eyes. Does your essay say everything you want it to? Try reading it from the perspective of an admissions officer or employer. Do you stand out? How can you rewrite your essay to make it better? After you're done writing a second draft, take another day or two, then look at it again. Are there any other improvements that you can make? Is this the absolute best essay that you can write?