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Starring………YOU!. Personal Statement AKA Essay. Why do I need to be the star of an Essay?. People want to know how you have come from there , to here , And how you will reach your goals !. Who wants to read my story?. College and Training Facilities Scholarship Committees

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starring you


Personal Statement



why do i need to be the star of an essay
Why do I need to be the star of an Essay?
  • People want to know how you have come from there,
  • to here,
  • And how you will reach your goals!
who wants to read my story
Who wants to read my story?
  • College and Training Facilities
  • Scholarship Committees
  • Your Culminating Project Advisor
  • Your Teachers, Counselors etc.
  • Your Fans!!
how do i get started
How do I get started:
  • Think about who you are!
  • What makes you unique?
  • What do I have to offer an employer?
  • What are my goals for the future?
  • What challenges have I had?
  • How do I solve life’s problems?
  • What skills, knowledge, & interests do I have?
  • What have I done to contribute to my family, school, or community?
ways to put it all together
Ways to put it all together !

Method 1--

Complete the Basic CP

Personal Statement/Essay Worksheet


2. Method 2--

Complete the Personal Statement/Essay Worksheet--Insight Resume

locating instructions
Locating Instructions

Both method1 and 2 are found at:

  • Counseling
  • Culminating Project Toolbox

or the Money Book

(Box Number 6: Personal Statements/Essays)

let s get started
Let’s get started….
  • I will walk you through a few of the topics, then it is your turn!!
  • Here is how you can begin on any one of the topics………

Sample 1-- Goals (Method 1 and 2)

I have participated in high school and

Local plays, designing costumes

fashion design

Research has helped me assess my skills, select a college, find my career goal, scholarships


specialist costume

I hope to achieve my goals of becoming a costume specialist by studying textiles, costume history, art, theatre in college


I plan to get a BA in Fashion

Design with a focus on theatre

I took some classes at WVC which will transfer to WSU--saving money too.

Running start

I have taken classes in sewing, art, history oftheatre, business, drama

Classes taken

what comes after the worksheets
What comes after the worksheets?

Create a sentence using the word on the left. Then put the sentences together to form a paragraph!

  • Next arrange the sentences in an order that makes sense
  • Use fabulous word choice
  • Use transitions--connecting thoughts to bring it all together!

Here is my sample paragraph!


Draft Paragraphs on ‘goals’. (using notes as a guide)

Throughout life I have been involved in drama. As a young girl I led friends in performing for our parents and neighbors. We used nursery rhymes for a script, creating costumes, props and a stage in the garage. We were on stage using all of our talents. I loved it and still do!

In 4-H I learned techniques using fabrics, color, and clothing construction. I even took a career assessment in high school, scoring highest in arts and technical! I took a clothing construction class, various art classes and business classes too. Through high school drama, I began designing costumes for plays. In the program for A Christmas Carol, Charlottes Web and Into the Woods you will find my name as costume designer! Running Start at Wenatchee Valley College gave me a chance to continue toward my goal, learning more through History of Theatre, textiles and auto-cad design classes. These credits will transfer to Washington State University, where I plan to earn my degree in Fashion Design, focusing on theatre.

The spotlight so far has been on developing my skills and applying for various scholarships in order to pay most of my own expenses. I hope to one day make a living working as a costume or fashion designer. The spotlight then will be on the characters who wear my creations!

Notice that my training/classes were a stepping stone

toward my long term goal!


Sample 2 Leadership/Group Contribution: Describe examples of your leadership and how they influenced others (from Method 2)

work ethic

I don’t quit until done. I don’t procrastinate.

Through high school I have been a quiet leader. I lead through being an example.

lead by example

I became the lead costume designer of two

high school plays. One of two students picked.

project leader

I am good at hands on projects. I show this to friends.

show how to sew

I am in youth group and have strong


High standards, goals

Notice:Ibegan writing down key words on the left, then developed sentences, advancing to a full fledge paragraph!

here is a paragraph created from the worksheet
Here is a paragraph created from the worksheet--

“Throughout high school, I have been known as a quiet leader. I choose to lead by example, being determined, respectful, and mature. My leadership ranges from my experiences with costume design for school plays to youth group activity planner. I am one of two student costume designers. I am motivated to be a role model, quick learner, and problem solver by working with both my hands and mind. I am quiet, but achieve quite a lot by showing my friends how to lead with determination.”

complete all the boxes on your worksheet
Complete all the boxes on your worksheet-

Remember that for CP you may choose either method 1 or 2!

Proof read each paragraph! Watch for convention and spelling errors etc.

Now it is your turn!!

Choose method 1 or 2 and Git-R-Done!