The University of California (UC) application website reads:
"Your personal statement should be exactly that — personal. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself — your hopes, ambitions, life experiences and inspirations. Be open. Be reflective. Find your individual voice and express it honestly."
Millions of high school students each year are faced with this daunting task. They must condense their life story into a specific word count (for the UC system it's under 1,000) and convince a group of evaluators that they deserve to be admitted to the college of their dreams.
For some seventeen year olds, this task is one they've been anxiously awaiting years for. Their parents likely informed them of this as freshmen in high school and some probably began drafting versions of their college personal statements years before they could even apply. These students will likely do very well and get accepted into a majority of the colleges they apply to.
For others, though, this process will not come as easy. Some students will read the personal statement prompt only weeks or even days before their application is due.
"Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?" (UC Application question)
For students who do not believe they have accomplished much in their lives, this will be extremely difficult to complete. For students who do not believe they have a story, this will be extremely difficult to complete. For students who lack confidence and the ability to articulate their personal strengths, this will be extremely difficult to complete.
the PLUS ME project has come into contact with countless students over the past two years who fall into this category. Many are completely unaware of their accomplishments, life experiences, and personal strengths. They struggle with articulating and writing out their story.
Storytellers PLUS ME was created to help solve this problem. Our program is designed to work with students on developing and articulating their own personal narratives. When students complete our program, they leave with a self-constructed personal narrative that features the accomplishments, strengths, and experiences from their lives. Their narratives feature the characters that impacted their lives, the events that changed them, and the lessons they have learned.
Our goal is to bring Storytellers PLUS ME to as many high school students as we can. We want to support students with creating their personal narratives and turning them into powerful college personal statements.
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