stuck-on-essayAre you stuck? It is not uncommon to create an essay draft and find that it isn’t the personal and powerful statement that you had hoped for. If you have reached that stage, here are a few suggestions:

Dig deeper, spend some time reflecting on what makes you who you are and how you can communicate that in your essay.

Think of something you do, or something that matters to you, that you thought at first was   too minor, maybe trivial for an essay topic; chances are it may actually be a great one

Review your draft again and ask yourself if it is too broad; taking on too big a topic is a trap students easily fall into; choose an element of that original story, make that your focus and provide the reader with rich details that will create interest

Looking for a simple test of whether your essay is personal enough? It should be something only you could write!