College selection – check. SATs – check. Community service – check. You've done all the legwork in preparing for your college applications. Now it's time to sit down and do the hard part – writing those essays.

For many people choosing what to write about can prove to be the most challenging aspect of the writing process. You want your essays to be memorable, engaging, and persuasive, in addition to being well-written and honest. Your essays serve as your first impression to the adcoms – you want to make sure you choose the right topics!

The resources listed below will help you explore your experiences and delve deep into your passions, ultimately leading you to that original and compelling kernel that will become the basis for your college personal statement.

  1. From Example to Exemplary, a free guide
  2. Essays that Stick, a free webinar
  3. Optional Essays: When and How to Write Them, a short video
  4. How to Demonstrate Leadership When You Don’t Have Leadership Experience, a short video
  5. Writing About Overcoming Obstacles in Your Application Essays, a short video
  6. Writing the Diversity Personal Statement, a short video
  7. Different Dimensions of Diversity, a podcast episode
  8. What Is the Diversity Essay Question & How Do You Answer It?
  9. Writing About Your Experiences Abroad
  10. 4 Ways to Display Teamwork in Application Essays
  11. How Can You Show Passion in Admissions?
  12. College Admissions: Mining Your Identity for College Essays and Personal Statements
  13. How Personal is too Personal
  14. What is an Accomplishment?
  15. Don’t Discount a Summer Job
  16. Resilience: Moving On
  17. Admissions Tip: BE YOURSELF!

For personalized assistance in choosing your college essay topics (and then writing the actual essays), please sign up for one of Accepted's college admissions and personal statement consulting services.

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