Brainstorming For Your Personal Statement
Brainstorming is the first stage of writing, often called "prewriting." Brainstorming is the process of gathering all of your ideas and getting them on paper without editing them.
The brainstorming stage does not involve editing, so don't censor your ideas. There will be enough time to edit later; right now you want to get all of your ideas down so that you don't forget anything. Brainstorming is NOT an outline, NOT a draft and certainly NOT an essay. The purpose of brainstorming is to write out ideas, thoughts, pieces of thoughts, without regard for their connections with each other. Structure and form are not important at this point. What is important is to get everything out of your head and onto paper.
Begin by creating a brainstorm sheet. Be totally honest! Ask yourself the following questions, and write out your answers.
What are my strengths?
What are my weaknesses?
What is special about me?
What kind of person am I?
What do I care about?
Why is (BLANK) more important to me than (BLANK)? (Fill in the blanks.)
What is it like growing up in (BLANK)?
What is it like going to school at (BLANK)?
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