Personal Statement/Transfer and Scholarship Essay Workshops 

Transfer Essay Scholarships will resume September 2021! Check back here for workshop dates and times!





Scholarship (and Common App too!) Personal Statement Workshops: Spring 2021--

Mondays and Tuesdays 1-3 pm

until Feb. 23


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Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 11am-2pm and Thursday Dec. 3 from 2:30-5 pm


(Drop-in via Zoom--see workshop times below


Come to a Personal Statement Workshop at the Writing Center and get feedback and guidance writing the personal statement (for UC personal insight, commonapp, scholarships, and more)!

  • Explore the myths vs. the realities of application essays
  • Understand expectations for content
  • Review topic prompts
  • Brainstorm and develop ideas for essays
  • Read sample essays and discuss strengths and weaknesses
  • Learn how to integrate these strategies into your essays:
    • Be honest – even if it hurts.
    • Be descriptive:
      • Use concrete language
      • Use active voice
    • Show don’t tell: Write the story—the experience–that reveals YOU.
    • If writing about something challenging in your life, show how you are overcoming or have resolved problems.
  • UC Personal Insight Questions:
  • View the presentation here! 


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Come to one or more workshops. Workshops are 2 hour blocks on zoom--drop in when you can! Students are also welcome to book individual tutoring appointments to work on question responses and personal statements at