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The College Essay.

Final assignment. Due the final week of June - but you can turn it in at anytime.

Choose one of the following topics: 500 word limit.

  • Write a Personal Statement (PS). A PS is an essay/letter/argument/advertisement/memoir. The purpose is to introduce yourself to a graduate school you wish to attend, or a company you wish to work for.

The following are the 2015 national college essay topics all American students must write about.

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.


  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?


  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?


  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?


  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, which marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
This document has internet resources you can look up. And it has 3 real examples of successful college essays selected by the New York Times this year.
The College Essay Assignment.docx
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Example of successful Personal Statement
A SZU student wrote this letter - she saved thousands of RMB by doing it herself. She was accepted.
SZU Senior Student Personal Statement fo[...]
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Example of letter of recommendation.
Chances are you will need one of these letters before you graduate. You also might have to write it yourself. Wouldn't you like to know how to do it well?
Letter of Rec High Level Professor .docx
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An SZU student uses English writing skills to achieve her goals.
It is important to be able to write something in English that you can be proud of.
Letters Between SZU Senior and US Univer[...]
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