One of the hardest things to write on your college application is the personal statement.
Would you increase the drama by giving yourself a strict deadline you have to meet or invent an impossible struggle against a difficult shirt you need as flat as a pancake?
Would you look at how to present it in a funny and interesting way like a time your ironing board broke, and you had to find inventive ways to flatten out your clothes such as sitting on them?
These articles are a great resource for you to use when you are crafting your personal statement. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve.
It is important to note that some of these statements may be using prompts that are no longer accepted by colleges. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale.
This narrow focus is common and formulaic in most successful applications.
The writer begins with a detailed story that describes an event, a person or a place. The essay then extends outward from this foundation.
If you are struggling to write the admission essay, the best guidance would be from the essays of students who were accepted previously.
They were accepted into the college so their admission essays must have worked, and there are blueprints for what the colleges are looking for from a candidate.
Your personal statement should be a thing you've slaved over and cherished.
As such it should read like it has been proofread a few thousand times.