I was applying to technical programs in science and engineering, and so my writing and speaking style tend to be very analytical. When I started my original draft of my personal statement, I focused mainly on my achievements as a student. I avoided writing anything too emotional or heartfelt. Working with Nick pushed me out of my comfort zone so that I could tell stories that would help admissions offices understand who I am as a person. As a result, my essay-writing and interview skills improved, and I was accepted to Rice University, my top choice!
When writing a piece of writing for a class or for credit, choosing your topic can be a great way to help the creative juices going. Having a topic that you enjoy talking about or want to know more on can give you motivation to write the piece. If, however, you are unable to choose your topic, twisting the words around on the topic or what it must entail can be a fun exercise. What i mean is that if you somehow turn the topic into a way to explain a past event you've been through, or discussing a hobby or pass time, etc, and somehow incorporate it into what the topic is and what is required of you, then you can turn it into a writing piece you actually want to finish.