Personal Statement For College Admission Examples Of Resignation

Examples of Awesome Personal Statements

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Write your own awesome personal statement with our COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY LAB, which will guide you through the process, providing tips and even more examples along the way.

Before you start, check out our own sample essays—or scroll down for the Best of the Web. Whether you're an athlete, a minority, or no one special (or, uh, probably some combination), we've got you covered.

No One Special



Emotional Hardship

Physical Hardship

International Student

Special Skills

Non-Traditional Age

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.

Grab Them with the First Line
Stanford Magazine compiled the following list of great opening lines written by hopeful Stanford applicants.

Essays That Worked
Connecticut College posts a list of college essays “that worked.”

More Essays that Worked
Hamilton College provides access to some of their favorite application essays.

Other Resources for College Essay Writing

Writing the Personal Statement
The Purdue Online Writing lab offers a guide to writing all kinds of personal statements.

UC Berkeley Has a Say
Check out the University of California at Berkeley’s guide to writing the personal statement.

Application Tips: Tackling the Personal Essay provides some good tips on approaching the personal essay.

10 Tips for Writing the College Application Essay
The famous U.S. News & World Report offers some writing advice.

The Elements of Style
Flip through this famous guide to writing by William Strunk, Jr. that many students and teachers use. Read the 1918 version for free online.

Get Your Writing On
Some great handbooks on writing by writing guru Andrea Lunsford.

A Guide to Grammar and Writing
A cool interactive guide to grammar.

Grammar Resources
The University of Chicago’s guide to grammar.

Sample Personal Letters

As stated before, by studying the clickthrough tendencies of visitors to my Writing Help Central website over the years we have been able to gain a very good understanding of the actual "letter writing needs" of the typical visitor to the site.

Personal letters can be divided into two broad categories, based on the intended recipient: person-to-person letters and person-to-business letters.

It is important to note that a lot of confusion exists as to what are true personal letters and what are NOT personal letters. For example, a "cover letter" used to transmit a report is NOT a personal letter - it is a business letter. On the other hand, a "cover letter" for a resume or c.v. IS a personal letter.

Letters that some people loosely define as personal letters which are NOT personal letters at all include: covering letters, employee letters, introduction letters, marketing letters, publicity letters, project letters, customer relation letters, financial and credit letters, order-related letters, sales and marketing letters, follow-up letters, announcements, fundraising letters, among others.

The links below will take you to typical sample letter templates for the two primary categories of personal letters:

Person-to-Person Letters

"Person-to-person letters are letters that one individual sends to another individual that deal with personal matters, as opposed to business matters."

The following links go to real-life templates of the most commonly requested person-to-person letters:

Character reference letter - personal friend/colleague reference.

Church letter - to parents re: child's birthday.

Condolence letter - to an acquaintance or colleague.

Friendly letter - to a colleague and sports buddy.

Goodbye letter - farewell letter to co-workers.

Love letter - to someone you've known for a while.

Letter of apology - to a neighbor or acquaintance.

Letter of complaint - water damage complaint to neighbor.

Letter of congratulations - to a friend or colleague.

Letter of personal reference - recommending a personal friend.

Letter of resignation - resign from a committee.

Letter of sympathy - to family of a friend and/or colleague.

Letter of thanks - to friends or acquaintances.

Letter of welcome - to a new community member.

Romantic love letter - after a special evening.

Teacher letter to parents - beginning of year guidelines.

Thank you letter - personal thanks to a family member.

Person-to-Business Letters

"Person-to-business letters are letters that individuals send to businesses or institutions or that deal with matters related to some type of business relationship between the two parties."

The following links go to real-life templates of the most commonly requested person-to-person letters:

Acceptance letter - to accept a job offer.

Application letter - application for an advertised job.

Commendation letter - parent commending a teacher.

Complaint letter - customer to company about poor service.

Cover letter - for a resume, CV, and/or job application.

Financial hardship letter - to request debt restructuring.

Financial information letter - to supply requested financial info.

Hardship letter - to request short-sale of house.

Introduction letter - self-introduction to client.

Letter of application - for a medical residency position.

Letter of intent - to homeschool a child.

Letter of recommendation - to support teaching award nominee.

Letter of termination - cancellation of a contract.

Recognition letter - to recognize a volunteer worker.

Recommendation letter - recommend someone for college undergrad program.

Reference letter - refer someone for college graduate program.

Request letter - request to a company for information.

Resignation letter - when moving to another job.

Thank you letter - after a job interview.

Check out this amazing letter writing course: Just $25 and it comes with reusable templates:


For real-life samples of the two main types of business letters: business-to-business and business-to-customer, Click here.

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