Writing your personal statement for your college application is an undeniably overwhelming project.
Your essay is your big shot to show colleges who you are—it's totally reasonable to get stressed out. This guide will walk you through each step of the essay writing process to help you understand exactly what you need to do to write the best possible personal statement.
Next, you'll determine how to create an interesting essay that shows off your unique perspective and write multiple drafts in order to hone your structure and language.
Once your writing is as effective and engaging as possible, you'll do a final sweep to make sure everything is correct.
That way you'll be able to see exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it by.
If you have one essay that's due earlier than the others, start there.
The brainstorming you do for the long essay may help you come up with ideas you like for the shorter ones as well.
Also consider whether some of the prompts are similar enough that you could submit the same essay to multiple schools.
As I touched on above, each college has its own essay requirements, so you'll need to go through and determine what exactly you need to submit for each school.
This process is simple if you're only using the Common App, since you can easily view the requirements for each school under the "My Colleges" tab.