And to show that this is no empty boasting for the present occasion, but real tangible fact, you have only to consider the power which our city possesses and which has been won by those very qualities which I have mentioned.
Even personal statements that are scientific in tone and content might have creative beginnings. Readers of personal statements are used to openings that tell stories or borrow quotations, essays that discuss relevant current events, and even daring writers who risk a bit of well-conceived humor or surprise.
Personal Stories As the most common creative beginning, a personal story tells a tale by briefly setting a scene, often capturing some formative moment of your past when your interest in your course of study blossomed.
Here is a perfect example of a lengthy creative beginning that winds its way into a formal thesis statement, excerpted from a Rhodes Scholarship essay in Chapter 5: Soaked in sweat, I sat deep in thought on the small mound of sand and broken rocks in northern Kenya, where 1.
Her death had entranced me for years.
KNM-ER had died of Hypervitaminosis A, wherein an overdose of Vitamin A causes extensive hemorrhaging throughout the skeleton and excruciating pain. Yet a thick rind of diseased bone all over her skeleton—ossified blood clots—tells that lived for weeks, even months, immobilized by pain and in the middle of the African bush.
As noted in The Wisdom of the Bones, by Walker and Shipman, that means that someone had cared for her, brought her water, food, and kept away predators. I want to research paleopathology, the study of ancient diseases, in relation to human culture, specifically sex and gender.
Note how this opening confidently integrates technical detail and even slips in an informal citation on the journey to the thesis. When I was little my grandfather gave me piggyback rides, brought me donuts every day when he came home from work, and taught me about nature.
A simple farmer who survived World War II and lived most of his life under Russian occupation, he told me why trees grow so high, why I should not pull a cow by its ear, and why I should not chase chickens across the back yard. As fond as I was of him, as I grew and became more educated I also saw how this great man made bad choices about his health.
I constantly nagged him about his smoking and poor diet. He loved bacon with eggs and milk straight from the cow.
In response to my nagging he would simply say, "Eh, you are so young, what do you know? Here we find a writer who simultaneously evokes the memory of his beloved grandfather and also introduces us to his own sensibility.
Other essays open with much briefer and less narrative personal stories, sometimes relying on just one line to set the context, with the writer heading to a purpose statement shortly thereafter. I attended seventeen different schools before high school.
I spent the morning of my eighteenth birthday in an auditorium with two hundred strangers. Radio has been my passion for as long as I can remember.How to Write a Personal Bio.
A personal bio is a great way to express to people who you are and what you do. Whether your bio is for a college application, a professional website, or a social media account, take your time and be thoughtful.
Sep 03, · You may have to write a personal narrative as part of a college application or as an assignment for a class.
To write a strong personal narrative, start by coming up with an engaging idea. Then, write the narrative with an opening hook and a detailed, organized structure%(15).
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