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Tips on Writing an Essay on Personal Experiences
Nancy 05/17/2019 02:18 AM CST

While most college essays will require you to carry out extensive research, there might be a few that require you to look deeper within yourself. While you can always get help from an online essay writing service, to write any type of essay for you. When writing about personal experiences it is often best to write it on your own. However, you might not be too confident about your written expression, you might even be unsure as to how exactly to approach the topic at hand, and which experiences in your life should be highlighted. If you are unsure about how to write about your personal experiences, for any of the given reasons, we are here to help.

1.    Get in the mood:

If you plan on writing about your personal experience the first thing you need to do is get yourself in the right mood. When writing about personal experiences, you need to decide the general voice of your essay and then try and summon that voice. It might help if you create a relaxing environment, where you can write and convey your emotions authentically. You should think and recall as much detail about the experiences you need to be talking about.  Being in the correct mood will help you convey your emotions better and hence allow the reader to experience the event with you.

2.    You’re in charge

It is very important for you to remember how the reader feels about a certain thing, will be based on how you are narrating your experiences. Since you are in charge of how things will be perceived from this piece, even if the event made you feel bad about yourself or left you embarrassed when reiterating the event to your readers your word choice will shape their perception and that can alter how things really happened. Even if it was your fault, you can provide added insight to justify your actions to your readers. Information and background are what separate a villain from a hero, so if you tell the story right from your perspective, you can get all the cookie points from all your readers.

3.    Write in great detail

In order for the reader to be present in the situation with you, the narrator, you must describe everything in great detail. There is a balance that needs to be maintained, you want to create the event as it happened for your reader, so try and build a similar environment. Use your words carefully, you should be aiming to convey detail, but too much detail will make the reader lose interest. In order to maintain the reader’s interest, you must mention relevant details only, read your essay out loud to a friend with all the necessary expressions, and ask them for feedback. They can help you out by telling you which detail might be relevant and what they would like to know more about the situation.

4.    Maintain the emotional element

There needs to be a balance when writing an essay about personal experiences if you are writing one for a scholarship you need to write it like you are the protagonist. If you are writing one for some other purpose, try and make the event sound like it favored you entirely. You need an emotional element, but your essay shouldn’t be all about emotions, it should also be about the situation, how you handled it, what you were thinking, why it’ became a turning point in your life and what was it that you learned from the entire experience.

5.    Proofread

Reading your own essay out loud will really help you decide what voice it is, and whether it does justice to your purpose. Proofreading by reading the essay out loud, to yourself or to your friends, can really help you decide what you want to add or subtract from it.

Conclusion

Bottom line is that you need to be you when writing an essay on personal experiences because chances are that the agency or organization that has requested you submit the essay wants to know your experience, so just try and be as authentic as possible.