Most schools require or give you the option to write some form of personal essay. If this is an option, use it! Your personal essay is where you can really shine. Personal essays are just that: Personal. They should be all about YOU! UCs require personal essays, as do most out-of-state and private schools. Start thinking about what you are going to say. Some prompts are very specific, but they all focus on what makes you, you! Click the pictures below for some articles on writing a good personal statement and see the links underneath for some tips on writing a great personal statement!