Essay Structure

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The Introduction
The Body
The Conclusion
Sample Essay

Structuring Your Personal Statement

A typical two-page personal statement will consist of the following:

 

An introductory paragraph that provides your essay's controlling theme

 

2-4 body paragraphs that develop your theme through examples and detailed experiences and build upon each other. The final body paragraph will contain your most poignant information

 

A conclusion that widens the lens and wraps up your essay without summarizing or repeating what has already been written