Describing ourselves on paper

Describing ourselves on paper, while blindly attempting to live up to the expectations of others, makes it all feel like a giant lie.

We’re the experts on ourselves, right? So why do we find it so difficult to convey who we are in text?

  1.  We’re writing to seek the approval of others. Perhaps the worst part is that we don’t know who’s reading our words or who our competitors are.
  2. For many of us, though, the main reason we find it so hard to write about ourselves it’s so, so easy to procrastinate.



Why do we find it so hard to write about ourselves?

3 Pieces of advice to help overcome autobiographer’s block:

  1. Forget the pressure you’re under and just start writing. It may not be pretty, but if you let yourself go on autopilot for a while, the words you jot down will be very telling as to which points you find most important to share about yourself.
  2. Let someone take a red pen to it. Allow someone to sit down with your personal statement. It’ll help to not only get an objective opinion on your writing style and organization but also get an idea of how a friend would portray you on paper.
  3. Remember that you’re not alone. Literally, everyone who has ever had a job or gone on to post-secondary education has had to self-promote in some way.



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