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Today, we are going to be covering a topic that many students tend to struggle with.
More specifically, we are going to guide you through the process of Writing An Essay About Yourself
--or in other words, a short autobiography.
While it may sound like a fairly simple task, many students find it challenging to characterize
themselves from a third person perspective.
This may be due to a lack of writing experience or organizational skills.
This basically means that, although one may understand themselves fairly well, it doesn’t
mean they know how to illustrate their personality and write about themselves in a compelling way.
So, in this guide, we will cover the essential points that will help you write an impactful
So, let’s get started!
From the get-go, you need to understand that your essay should answer six questions:
Who are you?
What is your background?
What are your interests?
What are your talents?
What are your achievements?
and, What challenges have you faced?
Now, as an example, let's say that I wanted to address the question: "What challenges have you faced?"
In my essay, I would make sure to illustrate a challenge that I had personally dealt with.
Therefore, I would write something like this:
Also, it’s important to understand that these questions don’t need to be answered
in any consequential order, but you should address each of those questions in your narration.
When writing an essay about yourself, EssayPro recommends that you focus on a specific accomplishment
In other words, narrate an event from your life that has had a significant impact on
your growth, and help the reader visualize the character traits you displayed during
As an example from my personal life, I used to play soccer for my High School Team and
there was a game in which I was tackled from behind and injured.
The injury was to my hamstring, and all athletes know that trying to sprint with a strained
hamstring is almost impossible.
Nevertheless, I stayed in the game at 50% strength and fortunately, managed to score
the winning goal in that same game.
So, as you can see, I am not directly stating my personality traits in this story.
Rather I’m illustrating them through the actions I took in my life events.
This is way more effective and entertaining to read than merely listing out: “I am this
and I am that.”
If I were to take my soccer experience from high school and translate it
into written essay form, it would probably look something like this:
After all, there is a reason we say that actions speak louder than words!
Moving onto the actual setup, an effective way to start working on the essay would be
through Brainstorming and Narrowing of ideas.
Essentially, you should write down a list of your talents, experiences, achievements
and personality traits, and then proceed to think of
one or more stories that exhibit these aspects.
Here is a list of topic examples from which you may begin brainstorming:
1. A moment after which your life changed forever. 2. A tough choice you were forced to make.
3. A near-death experience. 4. The biggest loss you have ever experienced.
5. Something you've accomplished that you are very proud of.
As an example from my personal life, I would probably choose the topic:
"A near-death experience", as I had dealt with this situation before.
Here is what I would say:
We here at EssayPro also recommend that you avoid certain topics.
Some issues can be very sensitive and could potentially lead to you unintentionally offending
Examples of these topics are: Gender,
Religion, Political Opinions,
Race and Nationality, Income Level,
(and) Social Status.
So, while writing an essay about yourself may not be a task commonly tackled in High School,
you will definitely need to know the process when applying for college.
If you don’t know already, any student that applies to college needs to provide some written
work, usually referred to as a College Admission Essay.
This is basically an essay created for the sole purpose of illustrating yourself and
persuading the admission officer to accept your application.
That’s why being able to “sell yourself” is a very important skill to own, for college
and then even later on in life.
For a full tutorial on college admission essay writing, click over here to watch Mark’s
Now, just like with most other essay types, the format of this piece should be in the
Furthermore, the essay will most likely have between 1 and 5 Body Paragraphs, depending on
the length requirements set by the educational institution.
In your introduction, you always want to concentrate on grabbing the reader’s attention.
In order to do this effectively, experienced writers will tend to implement something known
as a hook statement.
Variations of this type of statement can come in the form of interesting facts, rhetorical
questions, or best of all, a “jump” straight into the action of the story.
This will catch the reader off guard and reel in their interest instantly.
An example of a hook statement that I may use for my soccer story would be something like:
In the body of the essay, your main focus should be on analyzing the trials and tribulations
which have brought adversity and challenge into your life.
Remember, each individual develops their personality based on the experiences they have faced and
the actions they took in response.
You should always illustrate these experiences from your life story, as proof of accomplishment
helps verify the traits you present.
Essentially, figure out the top 3 to 5 claims you wish to make about yourself, and display
them through the writing.
In your conclusion, focus on explaining the findings you have reached after going through
This can be a reflection of the past with a commitment to become a better version of
yourself in the future.
All in all, give the reader a solid idea of who you are, and what you are striving to
Alright guys, I hope this tutorial answered most, if not all, of your questions about autobiographical
If there were questions you had that I didn’t answer, feel free to leave them in the comments
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