Not everyone plans on attending college, but it is important to know who you are and what you believe in. This lesson is designed for you to tell us who you are while also providing you with a personal narrative that you can use if you choose to enroll in college.
The Personal Narrative
Only 500 words
Why are you different from everyone else?
How are you exceptional?
It’s time to stand up straight and believe in yourself
(Be Careful…This is still school and it is still PG-13!)
Look for patterns or connections of activities/ideas that you can use as specific support for your topic
Types of Essays
Standard Essay---take 2-3 points from your self-outline and provide evidence that supports those ideas.
Less-Is-More Essay---focus on a single interesting point about yourself and support it (usually a paragraph or ½ pg)
Narrative Essay---tells a short and vivid story. (Omit the introduction, write one or two narrative paragraphs that grab and engage the reader’s attention, then explain what this little tale reveals about you)
Selecting a Topic
Synthesize personal characteristics and experiences as a whole WHILE addressing your desire to attend a certain college or get a certain job.
For college essays
BE sure to address the question asked of you
Look at the college’s website, admissions catalog, and have an understanding of the institution’s strengths