Here’s what you need to know:
You’re going to be asked to write a personal narrative, an essay that speaks to who you are—and possibly why. This essay will be told using the first-person point of view, and your final draft should be at least 750, but no more than 2,500, words.
Be sure to choose some aspect of yourself or your life that you find to be interesting or unique. Do whatever seems to be most natural for you at first, but also be willing to chal- lenge yourself to go beyond anything you’ve written in the past. Only through testing your ability will you experience true growth.
If you can’t think of a topic, you can also consider one of the following writing prompts:
OO Think of a time when you felt different in some important way from people around you. What characteristic or characteristics set you apart from the others? Write about what you observed and experienced, providing context for the situation and including relevant descriptive details.
OO Everyone understands the benefits of laughter. For example, someone once said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Many other people believe that laughter is an important part of any relationship. Tell a true story in which laughter was one element or part.
OO Is it true that there is “no such thing as a stupid question”? Tell a story about a time when you were afraid that a question you wanted to ask might make you look foolish, inattentive, or rude. What happened?
OO Think of a vacation that really stands out. Write about the events that set it apart from other vacations. Be sure to include description details in your explanation of events.
OO Think about an accomplishment or experience in your life that stands out. Examples could be the first time you rode a bicycle, went out on a date, or had a job interview. Write about what you observed and experienced, providing context for the situation and including relevant descriptive details.