School is still in session in many parts of the country, and high school students are probably thinking more about what they’re going to do over the summer than they are about their college applications in the fall. But it’s always good to think ahead and starting planning.

The University of California has just announced that the prompts for the UC personal statements will not change for the Fall of 2013. What does this mean for you? Well, if you are a rising high school senior (class of 2013), and you’re planning to apply to the University of California, that means you’ll be writing on the same topics that last year’s applicants wrote on.

So, what are the prompts? In a nutshell, there are two prompts (paraphrased—be sure to check the official UC website for exact instructions):

  • Describe your “world”, your life, your upbringing, etc., and how all of these influences have affected you, your goals, and your dreams.
  • Describe something special about you—a talent, ability, accomplishment, experience, etc.

As I mentioned above, these prompts are unchanged from previous years, so there are no surprises here—the UCs still want to know about you, your life, your “world”, and something special about you. This will give you the chance to talk yourself up a bit and explain anything special you’ve done in your life.

I’ve helped hundreds of people with their application essays, including the essays for the UCs and will be writing about how to approach writing these essays in the future. So stay tuned!

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