Personal Statement

Personal Statement Guidelines 

One of the goals of this assignment is to explain significant learning experiences and their outcomes in writing that is thoughtful, clear, and creative. As you draft your compositions we suggest that you take the opportunity to explore the possibilities of your topics, to allow time for revision, and if you describe or recount activities or accomplishments, be sure to convey the significance, value, and meaning these experiences hold for you. Choose words and phrasing with care, and convey your understanding through specific examples, clear focus and purpose, and sound reasoning. Use the guidelines provided below to describe your experiences and perspectives in response to FOUR of the following topics:

  1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, relationship, risk you have taken, argument, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  2. Convey the value of one of your special areas of interest, knowledge, and creativity. How, for example, did your interest develop and what might it convey about who you are?
  3. Explain how you have addressed a significant challenge. What did you learn about others and about yourself in dealing with this challenge?
  4. Explain how you have contributed to the well-being of your community and reflect upon the meaning, value, or importance of that service.
  5. What are your goals, why are they important to you, and what steps have you taken to accomplish these goals? Provide at least one example that demonstrates your perseverance.
  6. Detail an instance when you placed yourself outside of your comfort zone. What was the value of this experience and what did you learn about yourself?

Formatting requirements

Double-spaced 12 pt. font format with one-inch margins on all four sides. The four compositions should be clear and concise: each composition approximately 100 to 150 words in length, with a strict limit of no more than 150 words per topic/composition, and approximately two pages in length for the entire document. As always, remember to proofread your work.

At the top of the first page include the personal information requested below; e-mail the responses as an attachment (MS Word .doc/.docx or .rtf file) to [email protected].

Personal Information for UH Application for Admission

  • Your name
  • Mailing address (Street, City, State, Zip Code)
  • Telephone number
  • E-mail address
  • UMD student ID number (if known)
  • Intended major (or Undecided if uncertain)
  • Semester-Year for which you are applying for admission

Formatting Example

Ryan Goei
455 A.B. Anderson Hall, Department of Communication
1121 University Drive
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812
[email protected]
Fall 2021

Topic #: This paragraph is an example of how to format and to begin your composition in response to your selected topics, each of which should be identified by number, as indicated; repeat this format for each of the four compositions. Typically, each composition consists of one to two paragraphs.