Personal Statement Ideas for Inspiration

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  1. What jobs have you held? What lessons have these jobs taught you?
  2. What unique family traditions do you have?
  3. List some games/ activities you played as a child. Are there any connections between these games and what degree you may pursue in college?
  4. List times in which you confronted your fears (roller coasters, the dark, public speaking, etc.)?
  5. How has your hometown shaped you?
  6. List the people (that you personally know) who you aspire to be like and why you aspire to be like them.
  7. Name the place(s) you feel the most comfortable/secure.
  8. List the things you will miss about your hometown when you leave for college.
  9. List tangible items that reveal little pieces of who you are.
  10. List some ways in which you’re a contradiction ( I love working out yet I love ice cream… My hair is always messy yet I’m a neat freak).
  11. Describe a significant interest or experience that has special meaning for you.
  12. How have you grown and developed over the years?
  13. Life is short. Why do you want to spend 5 or 6 years at a particular university or college?
  14. What do you plan to do with your college degree?
  15. Why have you chosen this career or profession?
  16. What are your long-term career goals?
  17. How is the degree necessary for the fulfillment of your goals?
  18. Does any specific attribute, quality or skill distinguish you from everyone else? How did you develop this attribute?
  19. What are the reasons for your interests? Analyze your childhood. How were your interests shaped from your upbringing?
  20. How would your friends characterize you? Look at yourself from the outside.
  21. Have you experienced a moment of epiphany, as if your eyes were opened to something you were previously blind to? Describe this moment and your percepts about it.
  22. What are your dreams of the future? Now looking back at everything you have done what you would to change?
  23. Where do you see yourself, career wise, 10 years from now?
  24. Of everything in the world what would you like to be doing right now? Where would you like to be the most? Who would you prefer to be with at this moment?
  25. What is a mission you are accomplishing on the earth?
  26. What is your approach to life? Reveal your life philosophy.
  27. What was the most difficult time in your life? How did you overcome these difficulties?
  28. How did your perspective on life change as a result of the difficulty?
  29. Describe your most rewarding experience.
  30. How have all your acquired experiences shaped your career goals?
  31. Have you ever met with "Triumph and Disaster"? How did you meet those two impostors? Can you tell that you have faced them in a worthy manner?
  32. Have you ever struggled for something and failed? How did you respond? Have you experienced a feeling of disappointment and dissatisfaction of yourself?
  33. Imagine yourself being an actor/actress. Tell about your feelings before the opening night of the performance where you play the title role.
  34. Evaluate a significant experience, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  35. An intellectual experience that has mattered to you.
  36. Philosophy of Learning.
  37. Talk about how a person can change his direction.
  38. What are your career aspirations?
  39. Have you ever struggled mightily and succeeded? Describe what you have felt at the glorious moment of victory? What does a winner feel?
  40. What is the major contribution you've made in any field of your life?
  41. Discuss your academic background and achievements.
  42. Choose a prominent person (living, deceased, or fictional) that you would like to interview and explain why.
  43. Identify a person who had a significant influence on you and explain the influence.
  44. Describe a successful student.
  45. What a college education means to me?
  46. What author, musician, actor influenced on shaping your ideology? Why especially this person is so significant to you. Did he/she help you to see another side of the world?
  47. Write a speech for delivery before some group or write an article or editorial for a publication.
  48. What is a major achievement in your life? Who and what assisted you in reaching your aim?
  49. Hiking to Understanding.
  50. Reveal your personality by naming all the positive and negative features you possess. Which of them you'd like to get rid of and which you'd like to promote and enhance.
  51. What is your strongest and most determined trait of character? Do you maintain strong beliefs and adhere to philosophy?
  52. Tell about the most unforgettable experience you've ever had.
  53. Discuss your research experience. What would you like to research?
  54. Write about a book that has special significance for you.
  55. What are the most important extracurricular or community activities? What made you join these activities?
  56. Explain why especially you must be accepted to a particular college, university.
  57. What would you like to study? Describe your academic interests.
  58. You’ve just written an autobiography that consists of 200 pages. Send us page 116.
  59. A difficult choice you have made.
  60. Imagine that you have a time machine that you can use only once. Where will you go? What century will you choose?
  61. You’ve found 1 million dollars, what will you do?
  62. Remember the moment your life changed forever.
  63. If you could become a bridge, which one would you be?
  64. Something a robot could never do.
  65. The difference between a right choice and a wrong one.
  66. Something you never wanted to witness.
  67. Imagine that there is only one student that we can admit. Why should it be you?
  68. Something changed in your body and there is only one sentence you can tell. What will it be about and who will you tell it to?
  69. Evaluate a risk you have taken and how it influenced on you?
  70. Your secret love.
  71. How would you spend a million dollars?
  72. Do you remember any dreams from your childhood? Did any of them come true?
  73. Describe something you could never resist.
  74. Why you will never tell lie?
  75. A conversation you can never forget.
  76. The importance of diversity to you.
  77. You have a special gift that you can use. What will it be and how will you use it?
  78. You have a task to write a book. What will it be about?
  79. Tell us one story about yourself. Something that will reveal your personality or attitude to life.
  80. It is commonly known that a person can’t live without hugs for a long time. Tell us when you needed a hug.
  81. What would you do if you discovered yourself on the inhabited island?
  82. The meaning of colors. How can they change your mood?
  83. If you lived 100 years what would you do?
  84. Every person is the product of the environment. Describe your hometown.
  85. If you could invent something what would it be?
  86. Describe how the piece of art has changed your attitude or has had a significant influence on your development.
  87. The most embarrassing moment in your life.
  88. Give us a complete and sincere picture of yourself. Describe the influence of your personal goals, philosophy.
  89. If you had a magic wand what would you do?
  90. An unexplained event.
  91. What the world would it be like in 150 years?
  92. How did your personality changed during your life. What factors influenced those changes?
  93. Your most fortunate day.
  94. If you could have a conversation with a person who is dead who would you choose?
  95. Our clothes as a reflection of who we are.
  96. Describe a challenge you have overcome.
  97. The animal you would like to be.
  98. One thing you would like to change in our world.
  99. Giving gifts or taking gifts. What is more pleasant for you?
  100. A country you’ve always wanted to visit?
  101. Imagine that you are a king or a queen of the country. What will you do at first?
  102. The type of teacher you admire.
  103. The strangest thing you have seen.
  104. If your pet could talk…
  105. When your parents taught you a lesson how did you react? How would you react now?
  106. Life is full of misunderstandings. Have you ever witnessed one of them?
  107. Stereotypes. Do they mean something to you?
  108. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West. Do you agree with this quote?
  109. Tell us the question you would like to ask an admission officer?
  110. What is the best advice you have ever listened to?
  111. Consider the journal articles you have read and choose one that influenced you the most.
  112. Discuss how a particular work of literature has inspired your life.
  113. “Everything you can imagine is real.”(Pablo Picasso) What will you make real?
  114. Life is about creating yourself. How did you create yourself?
  115. The first impression is the most important one. Have you ever made a ‘wrong’ first impression.
  116. Who is the secondary school teacher who has made an enormous influence on you?
  117. Imagine that you have just shot your own film. Describe one scene from it.
  118. Tell me who’s your friend and I’ll tell you who you are. Describe your best friend. How did you meet?
  119. What is an educated person responsible for in her/his life?
  120. A cat has nine lives. Do you want to be a cat?
  121. Think of the invention the world would be better off without.
  122. Have you ever overcome a fear? When was it?
  123. Your favourite season of the year. Why?
  124. Nightmare came alive. How would you react?
  125. Your parents are special, aren’t they?
  126. Who am I?
  127. You have experienced a public catastrophe but you need to decide what to do next. Remember that you have lack of time. How would you react?
  128. Write about something that is important in your life.
  129. How will I save the world.
  130. My Dad is a superman.
  131. Describe a place which is meaningful to you.
  132. Write a poem that best presents you.
  133. Your friend has let you down. What will you do next?
  134. My journey is going on.
  135. Tell us your habit that defines you as a person.
  136. Growing up.
  137. Where would you spend one year of your life if you were free from obligations ?
  138. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
  139. Pieces of my life.
  140. One of my greatest passion.
  141. I am a citizen of the world.
  142. How would you use one day if you were allowed to travel wherever you want and do whatever you like?
  143. The impact of a revolution on your life.
  144. If you could become another person, who would you choose to be?
  145. Significant moments in your life. What makes them significant to you
  146. Imagine that you are a monument. What monument would you be?
  147. Postcard of your life. Describe it.
  148. Imagine that there is a place you always wanted to avoid. But one day you had to go there. How would you deal with this situation. Who would you ask for help or what would you bring with you?
  149. Words that have changed your life.
  150. Running away. Does it appeal to you?
  151. The time has stopped for nobody except you. What would you do?
  152. Your favorite quotation. How it describes you?
  153. Taking a risk. Is it worth it?
  154. What can people say about me?
  155. The series: That’s me!
  156. Two poles of my life.