DON’T use the personal statement essay to repeat your resume. The personal statement is your opportunity to reveal something about yourself that can’t be found anywhere else in your application – use it!We are excited to host our first application essay courses in Atlanta this summer, starting May 29th.Find the course that’s right for you at storytocollege.com/courses, or call us to talk to an expert at 646-503-4861.Many students use this essay to expound upon activities or interests that are already heavily demonstrated in their application through courses, the activity list, and more.Instead of reinforcing a top activity or interest, instead, write about something that reveals another dimension of your life or personality.It gives you the chance to reflect and show your ability to learn from your experiences.It takes time to find the type of mistakes you want to talk about, but I assure you: it works. Commitment What difference do you want to make in the world? These questions should inform your entire college application process.That’s why we start the Story To College Essay in a Day course with Memorable Meal stories.The story of my junior year in high school could be told through three meals: The first night of Hanukkah, my mother was making latkes when my father sat down and announced, “I have cancer.” We dipped our Pepperidge Farm cookies in chamomile tea the night my mother whispered, “It doesn’t look like Daddy’s getting better.Application essays about challenges reveal how you respond to difficulty to people who are very interested in how you will handle the next four years on your own. Failure The second Common App question asks, “Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? In fact, it’s the most complex and nuanced of the Common App prompts.