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What matters to you and why? Some are surprising and some are clever, but they’re all good examples of a “hook,” not the kind with the pointy mustache but something that writers use to grab their reader’s attention and make them want to keep reading. Stanford Magazine compiled the following list of great opening lines written by hopeful Stanford applicants. Hamilton College provides access to some of their favorite application essays.
The Purdue Online Writing lab offers a guide to writing all kinds of personal statements. Check out the University of California at Berkeley’s guide to writing the personal statement. Flip through this famous guide to writing by William Strunk, Jr. Read the 1918 version for free online. Some great handbooks on writing by writing guru Andrea Lunsford.