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July 2022

Student Summer Workshop- Self-analysis for your Personal Statement

Sarah Blackburn, Assistant Director, International Recruitment & Outreach, Rutgers University - New Brunswick, shared some extremely insightful tips for the the second session of our Student Summer Workshop. Speaking about the "Who am I?" segment of the Personal Statement, Sarah explained how the US college essay is different, and what matters when you write about yourself, wrapping up with a list of Do's and Don'ts.

Here are the key takeaways from the session:

  1. Your essays are about YOU - write your personal statement essay in a genuine tone that reflects who you are.
  2. Show your maturity and growth - rather than narrating your activities, write about the skills you developed by participating in an activity.
  3. Be creative and have fun - show your passions outside of your intended majors and showcase your curiosity through the topics you select.

Click here to get a complete list of questions you need to answer before writing your Personal Statement.

To watch the unedited session, students can log in or sign up to the Cialfo Core Platform.

About the speaker

Sarah Blackburn
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Assistant Director, International Recruitment & Outreach

Assistant Director, International Recruitment & Outreach

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