All freshman and transfer applicants to the University of California's nine undergraduate campuses are required to respond to prompt #2 of the personal statement. The prompt's focus is dauntingly broad:
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Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
The prompt gives you the freedom to write about almost anything. This freedom can be paralyzing, and it can sometimes lead applicants to make bad writing decisions. The best essay will reveal your passions and personality, and it will be thoughtful and analytical. To get your essay headed in the right direction, check out these tips for the UC personal statement prompt #2.