Activity: How to Conquer a Personal Statement

Florida State Standards

LAFS.1112.W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

LAFS.1112.W.2.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

LAFS.1112.L.1.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. a. Observe hyphenation conventions. b. Spell correctly.


Introduction: A personal statement can be defined as a written account of achievements, interests, etc., included as part of an application for a job or to an educational program. Writing a personal statement for either a job or college/university admission is not always an easy writing.  It involves thoughtful, critical thinking and the use of proper and appropriate grammar and vocabulary usage. 


Teacher Needs

Laptop/desktop with PowerPoint

Internet access

NEXT magazine – How to Conquer a Personal Statement


Student Needs

Laptop/desktop with MS Word

Internet access

NEXT magazine– How to Conquer a Personal Statement



  1. Teacher: Read the NEXT article, “How to Conquer a Personal Statement”.
  2. Teacher: Please keep in mind that a personal statement can be included as part of a personal resume when applying for a job as well as for college admission.  You will choose one of the four prompts provided to use in writing your personal statement. Use MS Word and save all your work.  As the editing and proofreading processes are done please save these as separate files.  In this way you can go back to see your progress.  This means that you may have multiple file names for this project.  (HINT:  create a folder named Personal Statement and save all files to this folder.)  Remember to refer to the NEXT magazine article for informative and important tips for writing a personal statement.
  3. Teacher:  Display the prompts to be addressed on a PowerPoint slide.
    1. To fail at something is a lesson in how to move forward to success. What lessons have you learned that have brought you success?
    2. As we get older and mature, the beliefs or ideas we once had when we were younger might change or be challenged. Has this happened to you? What belief or idea do you feel has changed as you matured? What prompted the change?
    3. When we work at something, we are passionate about it is not truly work. Do you agree with this statement?  What are you passionate about and how do you plan to continue this passion in your work?
    4. Leadership is a unique character trait. What makes you a good leader? When have you used this character trait and what was the outcome?
  4. Teacher:

Student Instructions:  Choose one of these prompts and begin writing.  Don’t forget to save your work.

  1. Teacher:

Student Instructions:  Using the suggestions in the NEXT magazine article, begin the editing and proofreading process.  Ask a teacher, student, friend, or parent to read the essay and ask for their feedback.   Does the essay sound like you?  Does it reflect your uniqueness, qualities and beliefs that cannot be found on a college or job application?   Read the essay outload, what are your thoughts and reactions to what you have written?


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