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I get questions all the time. Here’s a popular one I receive from applicants….

Q: What do I write about when I have nothing to write about?!

A: YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO WRITE ABOUT! You just don’t know what it is yet. What you’re obsessing over is that you’ve never had anything big happen to you. You never experienced anything extraordinary. “Nothing ever happened to me!” Not true!

Everything you’ve done is a story. A trip with your family. A school visit to a museum. A summer internship. Who you are with your family and friends, places you go, experiences you have, the life you’ve lived, any one of those could be your story. It doesn’t have to be serious. It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering. It just has to be a story that pretty much could only happen to you.

Who were you when it started/who were you when it ended. What did you learn about yourself along the way. It is how you’ve reacted to live that tells admissions officers what kind of student will you be on their campus.

So take a deep breath. Think of experiences that changed you even if it’s in only one small way. Work backwards, then forwards, tell your story. And show them who you are.