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How to Write About Yourself in a College Essay | Examples

Published on September 21, 2021 by Kirsten Courault . Revised on May 31, 2023.

An insightful college admissions essay requires deep self-reflection, authenticity, and a balance between confidence and vulnerability. Your essay shouldn’t just be a resume of your experiences; colleges are looking for a story that demonstrates your most important values and qualities.

To write about your achievements and qualities without sounding arrogant, use specific stories to illustrate them. You can also write about challenges you’ve faced or mistakes you’ve made to show vulnerability and personal growth.

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Start with self-reflection, how to write about challenges and mistakes, how to write about your achievements and qualities, how to write about a cliché experience, other interesting articles, frequently asked questions about college application essays.

Before you start writing, spend some time reflecting to identify your values and qualities. You should do a comprehensive brainstorming session, but here are a few questions to get you started:

  • What are three words your friends or family would use to describe you, and why would they choose them?
  • Whom do you admire most and why?
  • What are the top five things you are thankful for?
  • What has inspired your hobbies or future goals?
  • What are you most proud of? Ashamed of?

As you self-reflect, consider how your values and goals reflect your prospective university’s program and culture, and brainstorm stories that demonstrate the fit between the two.

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Writing about difficult experiences can be an effective way to show authenticity and create an emotional connection to the reader, but choose carefully which details to share, and aim to demonstrate how the experience helped you learn and grow.

Be vulnerable

It’s not necessary to have a tragic story or a huge confession. But you should openly share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences to evoke an emotional response from the reader. Even a cliché or mundane topic can be made interesting with honest reflection. This honesty is a preface to self-reflection and insight in the essay’s conclusion.

Don’t overshare

With difficult topics, you shouldn’t focus too much on negative aspects. Instead, use your challenging circumstances as a brief introduction to how you responded positively.

Share what you have learned

It’s okay to include your failure or mistakes in your essay if you include a lesson learned. After telling a descriptive, honest story, you should explain what you learned and how you applied it to your life.

While it’s good to sell your strengths, you also don’t want to come across as arrogant. Instead of just stating your extracurricular activities, achievements, or personal qualities, aim to discreetly incorporate them into your story.

Brag indirectly

Mention your extracurricular activities or awards in passing, not outright, to avoid sounding like you’re bragging from a resume.

Use stories to prove your qualities

Even if you don’t have any impressive academic achievements or extracurriculars, you can still demonstrate your academic or personal character. But you should use personal examples to provide proof. In other words, show evidence of your character instead of just telling.

Many high school students write about common topics such as sports, volunteer work, or their family. Your essay topic doesn’t have to be groundbreaking, but do try to include unexpected personal details and your authentic voice to make your essay stand out .

To find an original angle, try these techniques:

  • Focus on a specific moment, and describe the scene using your five senses.
  • Mention objects that have special significance to you.
  • Instead of following a common story arc, include a surprising twist or insight.

Your unique voice can shed new perspective on a common human experience while also revealing your personality. When read out loud, the essay should sound like you are talking.

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First, spend time reflecting on your core values and character . You can start with these questions:

However, you should do a comprehensive brainstorming session to fully understand your values. Also consider how your values and goals match your prospective university’s program and culture. Then, brainstorm stories that illustrate the fit between the two.

When writing about yourself , including difficult experiences or failures can be a great way to show vulnerability and authenticity, but be careful not to overshare, and focus on showing how you matured from the experience.

Through specific stories, you can weave your achievements and qualities into your essay so that it doesn’t seem like you’re bragging from a resume.

Include specific, personal details and use your authentic voice to shed a new perspective on a common human experience.

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Things to Write About Yourself: 100 Writing Prompts for Self-Discovery

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Writing is a great tool for personal growth, but it can be challenging to think of things to write about yourself. That’s why I put together this list of creative writing prompts for adults or teens. These may be used as memoir writing prompts if you’re interested in telling the story of your life, or the could be idea starters for blog posts or journal prompts for self discovery.


You may not be able to relate to all of them, but I tried to make them pretty general! These creative writing exercises can also help you develop the characters in your short story, novel, or screenplay — just imagine your character answering them instead of you.

If you like these prompts for writing about yourself, you might want to pin or bookmark them for future reference. Take a look!

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  • Describe one of your earliest childhood memories.
  • Write about what you see as one of your best qualities.
  • Do you have the same religious beliefs that you had as a child? If so, why? If not, how and why did they change?
  • Write about the benefits of being an only child—or the advantages of having siblings.
  • Write about how a person can tell if they’re really in love. If you don’t know, write about how you don’t know.
  • Are you shy about your body, such as when you change clothes in a locker room? Or are you comfortable with it? Why?
  • Write about one of the most admirable classmates or coworkers you’ve ever had.
  • Write about one of the worst classmates or coworkers you’ve ever had.
  • Tell your story about the time you succeeded at something because you just. Didn’t. Give. Up.
  • Write about how you’re a typical resident of your city or town… or about how you’re different from most people there.
  • Write about how you fit the stereotype of people from your country… or about how you don’t fit it at all.
  • Describe your favorite toy or game when you were five years old.
  • Write about one of your most useful talents.
  • What superstitions do you believe in or follow? Do you do certain things to avoid bad luck, or make wishes in certain ways?
  • Write about a death in your family.
  • Write about a birth in your family.
  • Tell your story about your first best friend as a child. How did you meet them? How did you play together?
  • Describe a physical feature of yours that you really like.
  • Is your home usually neat, or usually messy? Why is that? Do you think it matters? Why or why not?
  • Describe a part of your job or everyday work that you love.
  • Describe a part of your job or everyday work that you loathe.
  • Tell your story about how you won something, like a contest, a game, or a raffle.
  • Do you think your hometown is a good place to live? Why or why not?
  • Do you fit your astrological sign? Why or why not?
  • Write about when you think it’s morally acceptable to lie. If your answer is “never,” write about why you think that.
  • Write about a trait you inherited or picked up from a parent.
  • Write about a way in which you are very different from a parent.
  • Discuss one of the most important qualities you think people should look for in a romantic partner.
  • Discuss a quality that you think is overrated when choosing a romantic partner.
  • Write about a kind of exercise or physical activity you enjoy.
  • Describe the contents of a desk drawer or junk drawer in your home, and write about the thoughts or memories that the objects in there inspire.
  • Write about what you wish people knew about your job, profession, or calling in life.
  • Write about a habit or addiction that you’ve been struggling with for years.
  • Discuss something you love about the people in your country.
  • Discuss something you wish you could change about the people in your country.
  • What was something you misunderstood as a child? It could be the definition of a word, or something about adult life.
  • Describe the benefits of being an introvert or an extrovert (whichever one you are.)
  • Describe the challenges of being an introvert or an extrovert (whichever one you are.)
  • Tell your story about the time you spoke up for something you believed in. How did it feel? Were there any consequences?
  • If you don’t have children – do you or did you want them? Why or why not?
  • If you have children – what is one thing that surprised you about being a parent?
  • Tell your story about when a friend (or a group of them) made your day.
  • Tell your story about when a friend (or a group of them) broke your heart.
  • Describe an experience at a doctor’s office, dentist’s office, or hospital.
  • Describe your dream home in detail.
  • Tell your story about how a teacher, coach, or boss supported or inspired you.
  • Tell your story about how a teacher, coach, or boss was so awful, they didn’t deserve to have their job.
  • Write about something you did in the past year that made you proud.
  • Do you live in the city you grew up in? Why or why not?
  • Tell your story about a trip or a visit you enjoyed when you were little.
  • Discuss whether you think people should share their religious beliefs openly, or whether they should keep it private.
  • Discuss why you do or don’t consider pets to be family members.
  • Describe what you think would be a perfect romantic date.
  • Write about a type or style of clothing that you feel uncomfortable wearing, or that you simply dislike.
  • Describe your personal style in clothing and whether it’s changed over the years.
  • Write about the worst house or apartment you’ve ever lived in.
  • Tell your story about a time when, rightly or wrongly, you got in trouble at school or at work.
  • Do you always vote in elections? Why or why not?
  • Do you think people make snap judgments about you based on your appearance? Are they accurate or not?
  • What’s something that people don’t learn about your personality unless they get to know you very well?
  • Write about something that terrified you as a child.
  • Write about a particular phobia or fear you have now. If you’re not scared of anything, write about that!
  • Write about something you believe that isn’t a particularly popular belief.
  • What’s something you wanted badly as a child? Did you get it? If so, was it everything you hoped? If not, did it matter?
  • When you’re feeling sad or down, what are ways that you make yourself feel better?
  • What is something that makes you almost irrationally angry?
  • Write about an object you own that has religious, spiritual, or symbolic significance to you.
  • Do you consider yourself hopeful or cynical about romance? Why?
  • Write a note apologizing to a part of your body for insulting it in the past.
  • Write a note thanking a part of your body for doing such a good job.
  • Tell your story about when you had a delightful guest in your home.
  • Tell your story about when you had an unwelcome visitor in your home.
  • Describe the time you were a guest in an unusual home.
  • What was the strangest course or class you ever took?
  • Write about a time when you tried your best – and it didn’t pan out. How did you get over it?
  • Write about a small thing you accomplished this week.
  • Write about the ways that your hometown has changed over the years.
  • Write about a way your country is changing for the better.
  • Describe someone who bullied you as a child. Why do you think they did it?
  • Do you believe that things happen for a reason, or do they just happen randomly? Why do you think this?
  • Do you believe that you have a lot of control over your destiny or future? Why or why not?
  • Write down a funny story that your family likes to tell again and again.
  • Tell your story about a time you got injured or you were in an accident.
  • Write about some of the things you do at home when you’re completely alone.
  • Tell your story about how you learned a new skill.
  • Describe the way you get to school or to work every day.
  • Propose a frivolous or ridiculous law that you would like to implement, and explain your reasoning.
  • Write about something you did (or didn’t do) that you’re proud of from a moral or religious standpoint.
  • Tell your story about having a great time at a party.
  • Tell your story about a party you wish you had never attended or hosted.
  • Tell a story that has to do with your hair, or the lack of it.
  • Write about a feud or rift in your family.

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Yet another really helpful list. Thanks, Bryn 🙂

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Thanks Anne, and thanks for sharing! 🙂

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WOO HOO! As usual, there’s a Ton of Great Stuff here. You’re totally awesome! When I grow up (I’m only 55 now) I wanna be like you! LOL 🙂

My answer to #100 – Sleep All Day!! Or at least stay in bed as much as I could bear.

Robin, you are too kind! Thank you. 🙂 Sounds like #100 is a pretty short writing prompt for you, though, haha!

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Great post, Bryn. I shared on FB, Pinterest, and Tumblr.

“Write about when you think it’s morally acceptable to lie. If your answer is “never,” write about why you think that” (#27).

“Lie.” Facts, truth, and lies aren’t mutually exclusive. Knowledge, context, intent, source, speaker, and audience are factors.

For example, Disney’s Pinocchio is different than DreamWorks’ Pinocchio in the Shrek movies.

When it comes to “facts,” all of us cover more than any one point on the continuum: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False, Pants On Fire (politifact.com’s scale).

“Let’s pretend” is okay for kids and adults, and it’s also okay to make-believe with Alzheimer’s patients who will physically attack you if they have all the information they demand. One could spend eternity debating “Little White Lies” (and their definition) and what to do in the face of death or danger.

Thanks so much for sharing, as always! I’m honored. 🙂 I like your thoughts about lies and facts!

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Whoaa! What a Great helpful list?. You’re Awesome nd Helpful Bryn! I love the ideas.

Hey Sani, so glad you like it! Thanks for the kind words!

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Thanks Bryn, this list is really comprehensive and a great starting point to bring more to a story. I’m writing my mother’s story and these questions will be good for prompting her thoughts. Thanks again, happy writing.

Suzanne, that is so cool that you’re writing your mother’s story! I’d love to think I could help even a little tiny bit 🙂 Thanks for reading, and for commenting!

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I want to put it on pinterest but alas no button lives at Bryn’s blog?

OH that’s so nice of you! If you hover over the graphic a Pinterest pin should show up, and there should also be one at the bottom of the post?

It was a wordpress glich! Today you have pins visable. Thhank you.

Ah, thanks for taking the time to tell me, Ellen. I was a little worried about that! Very kind of you. 🙂

Okay they are visible today, silly wordpress… ?

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A remarkable list. Did it take you long to write this? Thanks for the tips. Many would be useful for educators.

Hi Katharine! Haha, it did take me a while. I used to teach first-year composition at university, and I had that in mind for some of these. 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind words!

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I found your blog via Mr. Ape (Chris Graham). Thank you for sharing these excellent writing prompts. 🙂

Hi, Tracy! Ahh, Chris is so kind to share 🙂 So glad you liked them!

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I needed some “personal-essay” type journal entries, and this is a great list. Thanks for sharing.

Awesome, so glad it was helpful, Sarah!

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I love this list!! Just reading through it was like watching a reel of “Coming Soon to a Pen and Paper Near You!” — little flashes of stories from my childhood and other memorable moments that I should really write down while my brain is still firing on all pistons (sort of :)). Thank you for posting this! XO

Thanks, Kerissa! Okay, and I have to say, this:

“Just reading through it was like watching a reel of “Coming Soon to a Pen and Paper Near You!” ”

is really clever writing! 🙂

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This is a really great list! I’m so happy to have found it. I’m working on writing a memoir and I’m certain that a number of these will be useful when trying to figure out what is missing from my pieces (as if I don’t have enough editing notes to work with….).

Thanks for sharing!

Hi Darya! How cool that you’re working on a memoir… I hope this does help. I bet editing a memoir is a challenge! Thanks so much for commenting!

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Really love this post.. I’m happy I stumbled on your blog. I’ve been facing some issues writing.. I’m not sure if it’s laziness or writer’s block. Maybe a combination of both. I’m sure making use of those prompts will bring about a change. Thanks for sharing this ??

Hi Maryam, so glad you found it, too! It can be hard to establish a writing habit. The good news is, once you get into the habit, it’s easy to sit down and write. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words, and have a great week!

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Love these prompts! I am planning to write these in a journal and try to do them daily! Thank you for sharing your creativity!!!

Hi, Alex! I’m so glad you like them. I hope they lead to lots of great writing for you 🙂

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Hi Bryn, You’ve put together a great list of writing prompts. Thanks so much. I’ve committed them to my writer’s journal and will turn to it for inspiration whenever I get stuck !

Hi, Dominic! I’m so glad you like them. Hope they lead to some great writing!

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hey bryn this list really helps me by giving me something to write about

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Hi, Makenzie! I’m so glad it was helpful. Have a great 2018!

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Brilliant ideas Bryn Donovan. Thank you for sharing as I will definitely use them to ‘push’ my writing forward.

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I enjoy reading your posts too. I’m trying to improve my writing and reading your articles is really helpful.

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I just stumbled upon your site. Thanks for these writing suggestions. I am a retired English professor and have saved a number of prompts that I enjoyed sharing with students. Now, some friends and I, all retired community college educators, meet with some Turkish friends who are improving their English through informal conversations. The young ladies asked for writing assignments, so I am always looking for new ones. Everyone in the group participates in writing according to the prompts I give the members. We have fun sharing what we have written.

Hi, there! Oh, I am so glad you like them. It must be hard to learn English if you’re Turkish! How wonderful that you’re helping your friends.

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Thank you so much for these brilliant asks. I am helping to teach an English class, and I am thoroughly inspired to incorporate some of these!

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“So, tell me about yourself…”

Is there a more dreaded question out there?

Other than your grandparents repeatedly asking if you’ve met anyone nice, that is!

It can be really hard to talk about yourself without accidentally sounding pretentious or arrogant, but you also don’t want to do yourself down.

Whether you’re in a job interview, on a first date, or meeting new people at a party, we’ve got some tips on how to master the ‘humble brag’…

1. Keep it short and snappy.

Interesting as you probably are, nobody expects an essay as a response.

While people are genuinely keen to find out more about you, they want to know the concise version of your personality… to start with, at least.

In an interview, for example, your answers should be snappy and to the point – most potential employers want to know that you can condense information down to the most important bits.

If you’re meeting new people, conversations tend to follow a certain pattern. Although there is so much more going on in your life, people generally want to know what your job is within three seconds of meeting you.

We know, we know – our jobs don’t define us, but they do help others make snap judgements, and that’s what a lot of introductory conversations are about.

By responding relatively speedily in this kind of situation, you’ll be able to identify a potential bond early on.

You can ask questions too, of course, meaning you’ve got a fast-track ticket to finding out a lot about each other in a short space of time.

After a few minutes of back-and-forth, you’ll both know if you want to carry on the conversation and get into more detail.

Think of it like speed-dating – you give lots of short, punchy titbits early on to interest and engage each other, and then decide whether to get a second drink and divulge more information.

Example – on a first date, mention where you live, what your job is, and one of your hobbies. These three punchy statements will probably answer the next few questions the other person had, and you’ll be on the way to establishing some common ground.

2. Be honest – you’ll appreciate this later, trust us!

There is no point lying or embellishing your interests or achievements.

Take our word for it.

From personal experience, there is nothing more excruciatingly painful than having your brand new boss ask about something you pretended to be really interested it…

…the results of last night’s game? Not a clue, but they’ll assume you know as you were so passionate about it in your interview.

Equally, saying that you can speak a foreign language when you can’t may look impressive on a CV, but will look pretty silly in a meeting when you struggle to remember your GCSE Spanish. Not a great move!

Remember that episode of Friends where Joey says he can speak French and tap dance? Didn’t work out so well. If you can down a gallon of milk in under a minute, though, go for it…

This works with friendships and relationships, too. It might feel good to agree with someone on a certain hobby or job role, but, by pretending, you’re putting yourself in a dangerous situation.

You’ll become so worried about slipping up and revealing that you told a white lie that you’ll stop enjoying any interactions with that person.

Try to remember that you’re great as you are and that you can be honest about what you do, as well as what you don’t do.

There’s nothing wrong with not agreeing with someone, and not every hobby is going to be shared. If you’re not interested in the same initial thing, keep going and find a different, common ground. There’ll be one in there somewhere!

Example – reveal a secret, interesting fact about yourself or just go for something genuine, like being able to speak a foreign language or touch-type. It might not seem thrilling to you, but it might just spark a great conversation.

3. Engage and respond (appropriately!)

If someone has mentioned that they enjoy something you also enjoy, this is a really easy way to talk about yourself without bragging.

It will help you engage the person you’re speaking with, they’ll be able to relate to you more, and the conversation will feel much more natural.

On a first date, for example, finding common ground can be a huge relief compared to those stretches of awkward silence.

By sharing your passion for something, you’ll appear way more ‘human’ and are likely to have a genuine connection.

If you’re in an interview, it’s always great for the employer to feel like they’d actually get on with you on a day-to-day basis.

We’re all capable of being professional when we need to, so the human touch is really important and shows that you’re an authentic, interesting person that they’ll actually talk to.

By responding and interacting more, you open yourself up as a person and come across as genuine, which can only ever be a good thing.

Make sure you’re appropriate in an interview, of course. Going out and drinking every weekend may be a hobby of yours, and of theirs(!), but you don’t need to bring that up.

Focus on your love of the French language, passion for rock-climbing, or weekly trip to the local library. Much safer.

Example – tell them that you also love going to farmers’ markets at the weekend and start a conversation about one you’ve been to locally. Who knows, you might even end up going to one together some day…

4. Be confident – or pretend to be!

You know yourself better than anyone, and you’re in a great position to present yourself in the best possible light.

Whether it’s an interview or a date, you’re starting with a blank slate, which means that all anyone will know about you is what you tell them and how you tell it.

Being confident is a challenge for a lot of people. Try to remind yourself that whoever you’re talking to doesn’t know you, so they won’t know that you’re actually shy and hate speaking to strangers.

If you pretend to be confident, they’ll just assume that you are. We know it’s not quite that easy, which is why we’d suggest that practice makes perfect.

Your loved ones will always be there to offer support, so why not run through a few mock interviews with them? The more you become used to talking about yourself in this way, the more genuine confidence will build up. It feels quite silly at first, but it’ll really pay off.

This whole article is about helping you feel comfortable and confident in talking about yourself. The fact that we’ve written it shows just how much of an issue it can be for a lot of us, so try to take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone.

Like we said – fake it till you make it. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you’ll settle into your new role as an outgoing individual and while it may not become second nature, you’ll be able to pull it off when required.

Example – don’t hold back, be bold with what you’re saying. Your loved ones are interested when you talk because they know you – those who don’t are interested because they want to know you, so try to remember that.

5. Accept potential judgement.

We’d love to tell you that nobody is judging you, but it may not be true. What we will tell you, however, is that it doesn’t matter.

Sure, people will make snap judgements , but there is no point in worrying what they might be. You just need to accept that this will happen and remind yourself that it’s not always a negative thing.

A snap judgement could be, “Wow, firm handshake!” or, “Oh okay, I love playing tennis as well, that’s great” – it doesn’t always need to be what the voice in your head is suggesting.

If you focus too much on what people may or may not be thinking, you’ll completely lose yourself and you’ll forget how to just be you .

Remember that whoever you’re talking to wants to find out more about you, whether it’s for a job or as a new friend. If they judge and they don’t like you , it’s just not the right match.

Remember that whatever happens, you’ll be fine – if you don’t get a job offer from that boss you felt was judging you, it’s for the best. Would you really want to work for someone who you felt was constantly looking down on you?

The guy you had a date with might have thought your hobbies were lame, so you’ve had a lucky escape by avoiding a second date. Things would never really work out if you have such differing opinions on things that matter so much to you.

If you try to start new interactions with this mindset, you’ll worry so much less about the outcome and be able to focus on just being your wonderful self. Odds are, everything will work out much better in the end anyway.

Example – say what you want and ignore your own anxiety around what others might think .

6. Prepare something in advance.

If you’re feeling nervous about any new interactions, planning is one of the best ways to eradicate those anxieties.

Write down a list of things of things you do at the moment – run through your daily routine and your weekend activities over the past few months. Think about the things you do and the things that you enjoy, and remember that these can be very different!

If you’re struggling, ask your loved ones what they think of when they think of you. This might help trigger some memories of what you’ve been up to. It can be really hard to remember our hobbies when we’re put on the spot, and recalling what we had for breakfast is hard enough some days!

Make another list of things you’d like to be doing with your life. This is probably quite different to what most of us actually do.

Talking about yourself doesn’t just need to be arbitrary facts about your everyday life. Someone’s future plans and interests can be really engaging, and it’s always nice to hear about the direction people are trying to steer their lives in.

Mentioning that you want to up and travel the world isn’t the best thing to say in a job interview, but it’ll spark off a great conversation with a date or new friend.

Talk about your wishes to join a dance club or start swimming again. These kinds of things might not be that interesting to you because you’re not actually doing them yet, but they’ll help give people more of an impression of your personality.

Someone who introduces themselves as a banker might not seem instantly fascinating, but their future goal to skydive across Australia? Pretty cool and definitely conversation-worthy.

By preparing yourself for this type of question, you’ll go into social situations feeling much more confident.

Example – mention what you did a few weekends ago – they don’t need to know that you’ve been planning your answer since then! You can talk about future plans, too, and run through a list you’ve already made of your life goals.

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7. Reverse the question.

If you feel like you need a few minutes to regroup after this kind of question, give a little bit of information and then put the question back to them.

It won’t come across as ‘weak’ and they won’t know that you’re partially doing it to deflect attention. You’ll come across as invested and genuinely interested in whatever the situation is.

If you’re on a date or meeting someone new, the other person will feel flattered that you’re paying them attention and seem to really care. You’ll also find out some new information about that person, which is always exciting.

In an interview, you’re allowed to ask questions! Just because you’re the one in the hot seat, doesn’t mean you can’t reverse the system and ask a few questions.

Make sure they’re relevant and appropriate (don’t ask about the salary!), but try to feel comfortable exploring a bit more. You’re more than entitled to ask more about the role, or about whoever your departmental manager will be.

Show that you’ve done your research by asking what the interviewer’s reaction to X or Y was – they’ll be impressed that you’re aware of what’s going on in their work-world and will appreciate the opportunity to bond.

It also shows that you’re interesting, switched on and want to be engaged in the business.

Example – ask them what they’re expecting from you as an employee or how they find working in the team.

8. Don’t be scared of talking yourself up…

There’s nothing wrong with being proud of yourself and your achievements.

Be careful with how you’re wording this kind of thing (we’ll go into that next!), but don’t feel as though you can’t celebrate yourself and your achievements.

In an interview, it’s good to talk about positive impacts you’ve had on businesses in the past. You’ll probably have written your achievements on your CV anyway; this is just giving you the opportunity to go into more detail and add a personality to the words.

If you’re meeting a new friend or potential date, it’s always good to be confident. Don’t be arrogant, of course, but feel free to talk positively about yourself. Stories are always so much more interesting when the person telling them is genuinely interested in what they’re saying!

Talk about the things you enjoy with passion – it will say a lot about you. Speak with pride about the things you’ve accomplished, as this shows that you have respect for yourself and understand your worth.

That’s such an important quality in many ways. People who shy away from celebrating their own successes may appear very insecure or unsure – this is obviously fine, but it may not be an accurate representation of your personality.

Try to work on speaking openly about the things you’re good at – you can practice on your loved ones as you know that they’ll be supportive of you and join in with talking you up!

Example – don’t hold back from opening up about some interesting and exciting things you’ve done. Interviews are a space for you to talk about your accomplishments so don’t shy away from talking about your successful moments!

9. …But don’t talk yourself up too much!

Making yourself sound like a great person (which you obviously are!) is absolutely fine. Going overboard and coming across as a bit brash? Not so great.

There’s a fine line between pride and arrogance, and we’ve got some tips on how to stay on the right side of that line.

If you’re in an interview, talking about your accomplishments is key. It’s really important to talk about times you’ve worked and performed really well, but make sure you’re telling the full story.

One of your biggest achievements may have been when you were working as part of a team. Don’t discredit this as an example just because it doesn’t reference you doing something alone! Doing things incredibly well while working alongside others is still doing things incredibly well.

Reference your co-workers where needed – taking solo credit for a group effort could very easily blow up in your face later on if it’s discovered that the work you did involved other people.

Being able to recognize your own efforts as well as your ability to work with others is great and employers really like hearing that people are versatile.

This may actually make you feel more comfortable in talking about yourself as well – you can reference your contributions within a team, so there’s less pressure to just talk solidly about yourself.

If you’re on a date or meeting new people, staying a little bit humble is probably a good idea, at least to start with.

Imagine how you’d feel if you met someone new and all they spoke about was how brilliant they are, how good at their job they are, and the expensive car they just bought themselves.

By all means, as we’ve suggested, be confident when sharing things about yourself, but remember that conversations go both ways.

Keep the other person involved by inviting opinion and asking questions back, not just talking yourself up the whole time!

You’ll find this kind of thing much easier the more you talk to new people, don’t worry – it’s not as tricky as it sounds.

Example – mention the team you’ve been working within when talking about work successes. This shows that you’re not selfish when it comes to taking credit for hard work, but that you also have self-respect and understand the importance of your contributions.

10. Keep it casual.

Even if you’ve planned out what you’re going to say to the nth degree, try to act casual.

It’s great that you’re prepared, but people may find it a bit strange if you seem to be reading from a mental script.

Going over what you want to say is great, as we’ve mentioned, but try to keep things loose and casual when you speak.

By the time your interaction (interview, date, party etc.) comes up, you’ll have been over your ideas so many times that they’ll feel like second nature. This means that you’ll know your ‘topic’ inside and out and the words will just flow.

Trust that this will happen and try to relax. If you’re already a naturally nervous person , this can be really tricky. Remind yourself that you’ve rehearsed, as it were, and you’re now ready to ad-lib based on your knowledge.

People will understand if you take a few moments to respond to a question, especially a big meaty one like this!

Interviewers will actually be expecting you to take a pause here. They’ll want you to be prepared but they won’t want it to feel thoroughly choreographed. Take it slowly, breathe and try and be as natural as you can.

Example – write yourself a script if you need to, then convert it to flashcards. That way, you’ll learn the key points rather than the order of words in a sentence. This will help you talk naturally and you’ll remember the prompts rather than reciting what you planned word for word!

11. Back yourself up.

If you’re going to an interview, some props can really work in your favor. Portfolios can be fantastic for a lot of jobs and statistics are a great way to back up what you’re saying about yourself.

If you’re talking about the clients you converted to sponsors, or the extra sales you achieved by working with another company, bring the figures to explain it.

Talking about yourself in this kind of sense can be quite tricky – no matter how convincing you are, a lot of people want to see some evidence to back it up. Saying that you’ve done things is a good start, but being able to prove it on paper (or laptop!) really packs a punch.

Make sure you’re fully prepared going into this kind of thing. You don’t want to give a presentation, but you do want to ensure you’ve got the right documents with you and that you’re on the right track.

Think of the best way to present your data and tailor that to the company you’re interviewing with. If you’re applying for a creative role, reflect that aspect of the job in your documents. If it’s more of a straight-laced company, go old-fashioned and show off a pie chart or graph.

Go over things with someone you trust before you go into the interview. They’ll be able to sense-check what you’re doing and point out any glaring errors you’re making.

They’ll give you a confidence boost and help you figure out the order you should present things in. The rest is down to you.

Example – your involvement in a company’s marketing campaign increased sales by X%, so show that off with a pie chart or, if it’s appropriate, creative infographic.

12. Be consistent.

This mainly applies to job interviews – keep what you’re saying relevant to your CV.

If you randomly remember something in your interview that you didn’t put on your CV, bringing it up is fine! But try to stick to what you’ve already submitted.

The interviewer was impressed enough with your CV to take you to interview, so they’ll want to hear more about what they’ve read there.

Run through your CV again a few times before any interview. This will remind you of the things that are on there and can help you remember why you included them.

Recalling dates can be tricky at times, especially when you’re feeling stressed or nervous. Being inconsistent with this type of thing will really stand out, however, and the panic you’ll then feel will be horrible.

If someone questions something on your CV, try to stay calm and run back through your mental notes. If you’re really stuck, try to make a joke about it or ask a question in return, like “Sorry, what do you mean by that?” or something to buy you time and help you clarify what it is you should be saying!

This really links in to everything we’ve been saying above and ties it all together. Be honest and you’ll be able to stick to the same story – because it’s true!

By planning beforehand, you’ll know exactly what you want to talk about and you’ll be talking the interviewer through your CV, essentially.

If the interaction is more casual, with a date or new friend, this still applies…

…you’ll instantly appear trustworthy if you’re consistent. People who are all over the place can come across as flaky or slightly suspicious.

We’re not saying that you have to stick to just one topic of conversation, however. Talk about yourself and the various things you’ve done with your life, but stay consistent to yourself.

Example – if you’ve written that you worked at your last job from 2013 – 2017, make sure this is what you’re saying. As soon as you deviate from something you previously wrote/ said, you give the interviewer a chance to doubt you.

So, now that we’ve run through these easy ways to talk about yourself, there’s just one thing left to do – practice!

You can read about it as much as humanly possible, but the steps aren’t going to make real sense unless you start putting them into motion.

Talking about yourself can feel very intimidating at first, even though you know yourself better than anyone else. The more you’re exposed to these types of interactions, the sooner you’ll find a way that works best for you so that can feel truly comfortable and confident.

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How To Write About Yourself: Personal Statement Tips

how to talk about yourself in writing

Knowing how to write about yourself is hard.

It can be difficult to know what the reader is looking for; you don’t want to seem boastful or exaggerate your qualities, but you don’t want to leave out important information or miss an opportunity by being modest.

Getting the tone and content right can take a long time, especially in a formal application or personal statement.

But whether you’re applying for a job, a scholarship or a university or college place, knowing how to write about yourself well is an essential skill that you must master.

So, what do you need to know when it comes to how to write about yourself?

To write about yourself effectively, especially in a personal statement, you need to consider three elements. First, use a range of prompts and questions to unlock your opinions and ambitions. Then, outline your relevant achievements and their value, and turn your weaknesses into strengths.

I’ve written about each of these valuable approaches in more detail below, and at the end of this post, you’ll find a free downloadable resource you can use to start writing about yourself with clarity and purpose.

If you want to find out more about the best way to start a personal statement, you can check out my post here .

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1 Use Prompts To Write About Yourself Brilliantly

If someone asked you to write about yourself right now, the chances are that you’d start by thinking about what you do rather than who you are ; where you live, how you pass your time, and the people you share your days with.

However, these are very passive examples of what makes you who you are. Read the passage below – it’s factual but not very engaging…

how to talk about yourself in writing

This kind of information doesn’t tell us very much about the person that wrote it, and most of all isn’t compelling us to care about making them an offer .

A much better place to start is to use prompts to generate content that you might not have immediately thought about but that is engaging, vivid and reflects your personality.

how to talk about yourself in writing

1 Ask Unexpected Questions About Yourself

At the start of the personal statement writing process (or any time you need to write about yourself), begin by asking yourself some questions .

Try to answer them truthfully, fully and without censoring yourself. The answers might surprise you, but they’ll help you to write more formally about yourself later in the process.

Examples might be…

  • How happy am I?
  • What is most important to me?
  • What do I like best in my life?
  • What do I want to change in the world?
  • How do I learn?
  • How do I express myself?
  • What am I afraid of?
  • What motivates me?
  • How do I choose friends?
  • When do I make mistakes?
  • Why do I feel lonely?

These might not seem relevant to a job application, but writing the answers to these and other questions that you can find in the free worksheet at the end of this post, can help you to put your choices into context.

You can find some specific details about writing for job applications here .

Here’s an example of a good response developed from an answer to the first question above…

how to talk about yourself in writing

2 Use Prompts To Inspire Your Answers

A different way to approach the challenge of writing about yourself is to start by using prompts to generate responses.

This is especially effective as it pushes you to make decisions about predefined topics, helping you to come up with ideas you hadn’t thought of before.

Again, don’t worry about relevancy in the early stages; just try to be as open and honest as you can.

Prompts are very active – they ask you to write about actions.

They also get you writing in the first person, which is exactly what you need to do when you are developing a personal statement, job application or other form of self-reference.

Some useful prompts are things like…

  • I believe in…
  • I argue against…
  • I encourage…
  • I dream about…
  • I aspire to…
  • I am challenged by…
  • I hope for…

Once you’ve completed these and the other prompts in the free worksheet below, you can use the responses to inspire or develop the more formal content…

I aspire to make a difference to the ways in which companies integrate and develop green energies in the manufacturing process. Completing this degree will give me the tools I need to forge a meaningful a career as a renewable energy consultant in the automotive sector. Successful Applicant

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2 Celebrate Your Achievements And Their Value

Admissions teams and employers actively want to read about your successes and the ways in which you’ve added value to your offer.

If they see that you’ve successfully used strategies to overcome challenges and apply learning, they’ll be confident that you’ll bring these skills to their organisation or community.

1 Illustrate Your Points With Important Achievements

When you’re learning how to write about yourself, a great tip is to reinforce each key point you make with an example of your own achievements.

If you do this instead of just listing those achievements, you give added depth to all of your accomplishments by connecting them with deeper evidence of knowledge.

Here’s an example of what that might look like in practice…

2 Outline the Value of Each Accomplishment

Every time you write about an accomplishment or achievement, identify the value of that experience , both for yourself and for the institution you are applying to.

By doing this, you’ll reveal the worth of that experience and show the reader that you’re a reflective, positive learner with a great deal to offer them.

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Perhaps you came first in a test? The value could be that you know how to prepare effectively for challenges and are positive about success.

Maybe you completed a gruelling sponsored event? The value might be that you developed physical and emotional stamina and are confident about taking the lead when approaching a challenge.

Perhaps you led a debating team to victory in a contest? The value might be gaining confidence in public speaking, mediation and the ability to support your peers.

So, when you’re thinking about how to write about yourself, don’t do this…

how to talk about yourself in writing

But try this instead…

how to talk about yourself in writing

3 Transform Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

When it comes to how to write about yourself, you might find that others know you better than you do!

It can be incredibly valuable to ask your friends, peers, family and professional networks for their opinions and use their feedback to generate some original content .

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1 Listen To What Others Say About You

You might need to be brave when asking others for their opinion.

Sometimes, fear of what they will say (or anxiety about being criticised) can stop us from seeing the benefit of their views, but it can be an exceptionally valuable process.

The worksheet available in this post goes into this in greater detail, but using a feedback framework is always a wise idea.

Rather than giving people free rein to comment as they like, you might want to ask targeted questions .

  • What are my strengths?
  • What are my best qualities?
  • How ambitious am I?
  • What do I prioritise?
  • What are my goals?
  • Who would play me in a movie of my life?
  • How would you describe me?
  • What are my weaknesses?
  • How would I describe myself?
  • Am I a positive or negative person?

You can use their feedback to help steer your writing, focusing on common positive responses.

You might not have thought of yourself as a positive person, for example, but if most people say that you are, then that would be a strong element to bring out in your writing.

Sometimes, their comments might surprise you, and that’s why this process is so useful.

It might make you think differently about your application or push you to make positive changes that will add value to your personal statement.

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2 Develop a Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck famously popularised the concept of a growth mindset .

At its heart, this is an approach to challenges that looks for opportunities for growth rather than reasons for failure. In other words, it isn’t the case that you can’t do something; it’s just that you can’t do it yet .

Framing your weaknesses as strengths is a key technique when it comes to how to write about yourself.

There’s no point in including ‘failure’ in your personal statement, as the following example illustrates…

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But this same situation could be reframed to show strength and suitability…

how to talk about yourself in writing

Start by making a list of all the things you’ve accomplished that you consider to be failures or unsuitable for inclusion in a personal statement.

Then, transform each point with a positive strength, just like in the example above.

You’ll be surprised how much value you can find in each of those experiences and how you can transform them into positives that show your commitment and potential.

  • Low exam grades? Can you write about the self-knowledge you’ve since learned for academic success? Maybe you can balance this with very successful practical experiences?
  • Struggling to find a job? Can you write about how you’ve used your available free time positively?
  • Not given a scholarship? Can you write about the strengths you used to overcome this challenge and how this flexibility and courage will be of value in the future?

As promised, you can download a free worksheet that takes you through this process in detail by clicking here or hitting the banner below.

No sign-ups, just free, helpful resources.

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Don’t forget, if you’d like to work with me 1:1 to write a perfect personal statement, click here or hit the banner below.

I’d love to hear from you!

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Good luck with your personal statement, and don’t forget to contact me if you’d like some 1-1 support. You’ve got this! D

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15 Tips for Writing a College Essay About Yourself

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  • What is the Purpose of the College Essay?
  • How to Stand Out Without Showing Off
  • 15 Tips for Writing an Essay About Yourself
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Most students who apply to top-tier colleges have exceptional grades, standardized test scores, and extracurricular activities. How do admissions officers decide which applicants to choose among all these stellar students? One way is on the strength of their college essay .

This personal statement, along with other qualitative factors like teacher recommendations, helps the admissions committee see who you really are—the person behind the transcript. So, it’s obviously important to write a great one.

What Is the Purpose of the College Essay? 

Your college essay helps you stand out in a pool of qualified candidates. If effective, it will also show the admissions committee more of your personality and allow them to get a sense of how you’ll fit in with and contribute to the student body and institution. Additionally, it will show the school that you can express yourself persuasively and clearly in writing, which is an important part of most careers, no matter where you end up. 

Typically, students must submit a personal statement (usually the Common App essay ) along with school-specific supplements. Some students are surprised to learn that essays typically count for around 25% of your entire application at the top 250 schools. That’s an enormous chunk, especially considering that, unlike your transcript and extracurriculars, it isn’t an assessment of your entire high school career.  

The purpose of the college essay is to paint a complete picture of yourself, showing admissions committees the person behind the grades and test scores. A strong college essay shows your unique experiences, personality, perspective, interests, and values—ultimately, what makes you unique. After all, people attend college, not their grades or test scores. The college essay also provides students with a considerable amount of agency in their application, empowering them to share their own stories.

How to Stand Out Without Showing Off 

It’s important to strike a balance between exploring your achievements and demonstrating humility. Your aim should be to focus on the meaning behind the experience and how it changed your outlook, not the accomplishment itself. 

Confidence without cockiness is the key here. Don’t simply catalog your achievements, there are other areas on your application to share them. Rather, mention your achievements when they’re critical to the story you’re telling. It’s helpful to think of achievements as compliments, not highlights, of your college essay.  

Take this essay excerpt , for example:

My parents’ separation allowed me the space to explore my own strengths and interests as each of them became individually busier. As early as middle school, I was riding the light rail train by myself, reading maps to get myself home, and applying to special academic programs without urging from my parents. Even as I took more initiatives on my own, my parents both continued to see me as somewhat immature. All of that changed three years ago, when I applied and was accepted to the SNYI-L summer exchange program in Morocco. I would be studying Arabic and learning my way around the city of Marrakesh. Although I think my parents were a little surprised when I told them my news, the addition of a fully-funded scholarship convinced them to let me go. 

Instead of saying “ I received this scholarship and participated in this prestigious program, ” the author tells a story, demonstrating their growth and initiative through specific actions (riding the train alone, applying academic programs on her own, etc.)—effectively showing rather than telling.

15 Tips for Writing an Essay About Yourself 

1. start early .

Leave yourself plenty of time to write your college essay—it’s stressful enough to compose a compelling essay without putting yourself under a deadline. Starting early on your essay also leaves you time to edit and refine your work, have others read your work (for example, your parents or a teacher), and carefully proofread.

2. Choose a topic that’s meaningful to you 

The foundation of a great essay is selecting a topic that has real meaning for you. If you’re passionate about the subject, the reader will feel it. Alternatively, choosing a topic you think the admissions committee is looking for, but isn’t all that important to you, won’t make for a compelling essay; it will be obvious that you’re not very invested in it.

3. Show your personality 

One of the main points of your college essay is to convey your personality. Admissions officers will see your transcript and read about the awards you’ve won, but the essay will help them get to know you as a person. Make sure your personality is evident in each part—if you are a jokester, incorporate some humor. Your friends should be able to pick your essay from an anonymous pile, read it, and recognize it as yours. In that same vein, someone who doesn’t know you at all should feel like they understand your personality after reading your essay. 

4. Write in your own voice 

In order to bring authenticity to your essay, you’ll need to write in your own voice. Don’t be overly formal (but don’t be too casual, either). Remember: you want the reader to get to know the real you, not a version of you that comes across as overly stiff or stilted. You should feel free to use contractions, incorporate dialogue, and employ vocabulary that comes naturally to you. 

5. Use specific examples 

Real, concrete stories and examples will help your essay come to life. They’ll add color to your narrative and make it more compelling for the reader. The goal, after all, is to engage your audience—the admissions committee. 

For example, instead of stating that you care about animals, you should tell us a story about how you took care of an injured stray cat. 

Consider this side-by-side comparison:

Example 1: I care deeply about animals and even once rescued a stray cat. The cat had an injured leg, and I helped nurse it back to health.

Example 2: I lost many nights of sleep trying to nurse the stray cat back to health. Its leg infection was extremely painful, and it meowed in distress up until the wee hours of the morning. I didn’t mind it though; what mattered was that the cat regained its strength. So, I stayed awake to administer its medicine and soothe it with loving ear rubs.

The second example helps us visualize this situation and is more illustrative of the writer’s personality. Because she stayed awake to care for the cat, we can infer that she is a compassionate person who cares about animals. We don’t get the same depth with the first example. 

6. Don’t be afraid to show off… 

You should always put your best foot forward—the whole point of your essay is to market yourself to colleges. This isn’t the time to be shy about your accomplishments, skills, or qualities. 

7. …While also maintaining humility 

But don’t brag. Demonstrate humility when discussing your achievements. In the example above, for instance, the author discusses her accomplishments while noting that her parents thought of her as immature. This is a great way to show humility while still highlighting that she was able to prove her parents wrong.

8. Be vulnerable 

Vulnerability goes hand in hand with humility and authenticity. Don’t shy away from exploring how your experience affected you and the feelings you experienced. This, too, will help your story come to life. 

Here’s an excerpt from a Common App essay that demonstrates vulnerability and allows us to connect with the writer:  

“You ruined my life!” After months of quiet anger, my brother finally confronted me. To my shame, I had been appallingly ignorant of his pain. 

Despite being twins, Max and I are profoundly different. Having intellectual interests from a young age that, well, interested very few of my peers, I often felt out of step in comparison with my highly-social brother. Everything appeared to come effortlessly for Max and, while we share an extremely tight bond, his frequent time away with friends left me feeling more and more alone as we grew older.

In this essay, the writer isn’t afraid to share his insecurities and feelings with us. He states that he had been “ appallingly ignorant ” of his brother’s pain, that he “ often felt out of step ” compared to his brother, and that he had felt “ more and more alone ” over time. These are all emotions that you may not necessarily share with someone you just met, but it’s exactly this vulnerability that makes the essay more raw and relatable. 

9. Don’t lie or hyperbolize 

This essay is about the authentic you. Lying or hyperbolizing to make yourself sound better will not only make your essay—and entire application—less genuine, but it will also weaken it. More than likely, it will be obvious that you’re exaggerating. Plus, if colleges later find out that you haven’t been truthful in any part of your application, it’s grounds for revoking your acceptance or even expulsion if you’ve already matriculated. 

10. Avoid cliches 

How the COVID-19 pandemic changed your life. A sports victory as a metaphor for your journey. How a pet death altered your entire outlook. Admissions officers have seen more essays on these topics than they can possibly count. Unless you have a truly unique angle, then it’s in your best interest to avoid them. Learn which topics are cliche and how to fix them . 

11. Proofread 

This is a critical step. Even a small error can break your essay, however amazing it is otherwise. Make sure you read it over carefully, and get another set of eyes (or two or three other sets of eyes), just in case.

12. Abstain from using AI

There are a handful of good reasons to avoid using artificial intelligence (AI) to write your college essay. Most importantly, it’s dishonest and likely to be not very good; AI-generated essays are generally formulaic, generic, and boring—everything you’re trying to avoid being.   The purpose of the college essay is to share what makes you unique and highlight your personal experiences and perspectives, something that AI can’t capture.

13. Use parents as advisors, not editors

The voice of an adult is different from that of a high schooler and admissions committees are experts at spotting the writing of parents. Parents can play a valuable role in creating your college essay—advising, proofreading, and providing encouragement during those stressful moments. However, they should not write or edit your college essay with their words.

14. Have a hook

Admissions committees have a lot of essays to read and getting their attention is essential for standing out among a crowded field of applicants. A great hook captures your reader’s imagination and encourages them to keep reading your essay. Start strong, first impressions are everything!

15. Give them something to remember

The ending of your college essay is just as important as the beginning. Give your reader something to remember by composing an engaging and punchy paragraph or line—called a kicker in journalism—that ties everything you’ve written above together.

Where to Get Free Feedback on Your College Essay 

Before you send off your application, make sure you get feedback from a trusted source on your essay. CollegeVine’s free peer essay review will give you the support you need to ensure you’ve effectively presented your personality and accomplishments. Our expert essay review pairs you with an advisor to help you refine your writing, submit your best work, and boost your chances of getting into your dream school. Find the right advisor for you and get started on honing a winning essay.

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Writing about yourself can be a very fruitful exercise to help you learn more about yourself. Although it can be difficult sometimes to turn the lens on yourself, it gives us the skill to understand our feelings and reasons.

Self-reflection helps us really know what we want, why we want it, and hold our choices firmly because we did the work in building solid ground for them.

Benefits of writing about yourself

  • Self-awareness: When we write about ourselves, we explore our thoughts outside of the chatter in our minds. It makes them more organized and easier to analyze. It also helps us discover more aspects of our personality.
  • Stress relief: Being honest about how you feel and your opinions without the fear of judgment from others gives you the space to let loose. Often, I have scribbled my racing thoughts and uncomfortable feelings on paper to then feel more centered and capable.
  • Clarity: By putting your thoughts into words, you can gain insights, identify patterns, and make connections that might otherwise remain hidden. This clarity can be invaluable when making important decisions or navigating through complex situations.
  • Choosing your goals: Writing about yourself is also super helpful in finding and cementing what you want. If you keep seeing that there are patterns in your wants in life, it becomes quite certain what you need.
  • Room for creativity: When you write freely about yourself, it gives you the space to explore ideas and think outside of the box.
  • Memories of your life: Lastly, I find it really beautiful that I have journal entries written by a younger me that I can read anytime. It helps me reconnect to my childhood and also see how much I have grown. It truly is beautiful.

Tips for writing about yourself

  • Make sure that you create a safe, no-judgment space within and outside yourself. When you write, don't judge yourself for your thoughts, feelings, and words, you can ponder on them later. Don't hold back because it doesn't really change your thoughts but only leaves an uncomfortable feeling.
  • Forget about grammar, punctuation, beautiful handwriting, and anything else that creates hindrances in your free expression.
  • Try to find a time in your routine when you know you'll be able to write and keep up with it. I write at the end of my day when I'm in bed and it's really been helpful to dedicate that time to it.
  • Focus on your feelings, and express everything that goes within you. Be honest and try to go deep into your emotions.
  • Use prompts to make it easier, that's already sorted with this post!
  • Be kind to yourself and have patience. Some days it won't be so easy and wonderfully reflective, and it's okay, it's life.

Prompts to write about yourself

  • What is something you're really good at doing?
  • If you could pick one color to paint the world, which color would you choose?
  • Is there a cool story behind your name? How did your parents decide on it?
  • Imagine going on a dream vacation! Which country would you love to explore and what's so exciting about it?
  • What's your favorite movie or TV show? What do you like about it?
  • When you grow up, what do you want to be?
  • Which is your favorite season? Why do you love it? Is it the weather, the holidays, or the activities you get to do?
  • If you could invent something amazing, what would it be?
  • When you were little, where did you dream of going on vacation? What made that place so magical in your imagination?
  • What's your favorite book or story? How did it capture your heart and imagination?
  • Imagine meeting someone famous from the past. Who would you choose and what questions or conversations would you have with them?
  • What's your favorite thing to do for fun? How does it make you feel and why do you enjoy it so much?
  • If you could solve any big problem in the world, what would it be? Why is it important to you?
  • Share one of your favorite family traditions or rituals and explain why it's so special to you.
  • If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
  • What is something you love to do in your free time that always brings a smile to your face?
  • If you could have any animal as a pet, which one would you choose?
  • Imagine you have a magic wand that can make one wish come true. What would you wish for?
  • What is your absolute favorite meal or snack?
  • Write about someone you admire and why they inspire you.
  • If you could have a special talent that you don't currently possess, what would it be? How would it make your life more exciting or interesting?
  • Imagine you could live inside a video game for a day. Which game would you choose and what adventures would you embark on?
  • Write about a comfort object or item that brings you joy. Describe it and why it holds a special place in your heart.
  • Picture yourself as a character in a movie. What kind of movie would it be, and what role would you play?
  • If you could have a magical treehouse, what would it look like? Describe your dream treehouse and all the amazing features it would have.
  • Think about your best friend or a close friend. What makes them an incredible friend, and why are they so special to you?
  • If you could spend a day with a fictional character from a book, who would you choose and why?
  • Imagine you could create a brand new holiday. What would it be called, and how would you celebrate it? Share the fun and unique traditions!
  • Picture your dream vacation destination. What makes it so appealing? Describe the sights, sounds, and experiences you would have there.
  • We all have a favorite quote or saying that inspires us. What is yours, and why does it resonate with you?
  • Imagine you have a time machine. Which era or time period would you travel to, and what would you do there?
  • If you could be a character in a fairy tale, who would you be and why? Would you be a hero, a princess, or a mischievous trickster?
  • What is your current favorite song, and why does it hold a special place in your heart?
  • Imagine you had a magical ability to talk to animals. Which animal would you choose to have conversations with, and what would you ask them?
  • We all have dreams for the future. What is one big dream or goal you have, and what steps can you take to make it a reality?
  • What is your all-time favorite dish or meal? Describe it in delicious detail, from its tantalizing aroma to the flavors that make your taste buds dance.
  • What is something you're scared of, and why does it make you feel uneasy or anxious?
  • Describe your very best friend. What makes them special to you and why do you cherish your friendship?
  • What is the color scheme of your favorite room? Paint a picture with words as you describe the objects and decorations that make it unique and cozy.
  • Write about your beloved pet animal. Describe their appearance, personality, and the special bond you share with them.
  • Think of a memorable day in your life and describe it in detail.
  • What is your favorite dress or outfit? Describe it in detail, from the colors and patterns to how it makes you feel when you wear it.
  • Reflect on your achievements and what sets them apart. Share the successes you're proud of and explain why they are meaningful to you.
  • If you could change one habit about yourself, what would it be? Describe the habit and explain why you would like to change it and how it would benefit you.
  • Describe a time when you didn't do something you really wanted to do. Reflect on whether it was the right or wrong choice and the impact it had on you.
  • Write about a moment when you felt truly loved by someone else. Describe the circumstances, the emotions you experienced, and the significance of that love.
  • Reflect on the greatest struggle you've faced in your relationships. Describe the challenges and conflicts you've encountered and how you navigate them.
  • Describe a time when you learned something profound about yourself. Explain the circumstances that led to this self-discovery and how it has shaped your perspective.
  • Share a memorable experience of trying something new or stepping out of your comfort zone.
  • Write about a personal quality or trait that you like about yourself and why it brings you joy or makes you proud.
  • Describe an activity or hobby that you thoroughly enjoy doing in your free time. What makes it special and why does it bring you happiness?
  • Reflect on a strong life value or principle that you live by. Explain why it is important to you and how it shapes your decisions and actions.
  • Share the story behind a prized possession that you cherish. Describe its significance to you and the memories or emotions attached to it.
  • Recall a time when you helped someone out, big or small, and describe how it made you feel. Reflect on the impact of your actions and the satisfaction it brought.
  • Are you an early bird or a night owl? Discuss your preference and what you enjoy about that particular time of day.
  • Recall a specific moment when you felt proud of yourself. Describe the achievements or accomplishments that led to that pride and why it mattered to you.
  • Reflect on a life lesson or piece of wisdom that has stuck with you. Explain its significance and how it has influenced your actions or decisions.
  • Write about a life-changing experience that had a profound impact on you. Describe the event, the emotions involved, and how it transformed your perspective or outlook.
  • Share three things that help you stay clean and fresh, whether they are personal hygiene products, rituals, or habits.
  • Describe a favorite childhood memory that still brings a smile to your face. Paint a vivid picture of the sights, sounds, and emotions associated with that moment.
  • Reflect on a time when you overcame a fear or faced a challenge. Describe the experience and how it taught you resilience and strength.
  • Write about a place in nature that holds a special meaning for you.
  • Share a piece of advice that has guided you through difficult times. Explain its importance and how it has helped you navigate challenges.
  • Describe a memorable encounter with a stranger that left a lasting impact on you. Reflect on the connection, the lessons learned, or the perspective gained.
  • Write about a small act of kindness or a random act of generosity that you witnessed or experienced. Describe the impact it had on you and how it inspired you to pay it forward.
  • Reflect on a time when you learned a valuable lesson from a mistake or failure. Describe the experience and the wisdom gained from it.

And, that's all! I hope you have a lot of writing about yourself and get closer to the person you are.

If you found the prompts interesting, do share them with your friends and family. Take care!

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9 Tips for Writing an Essay About Yourself

You know yourself better than anyone else, but writing about yourself can still be tough! When applying for scholarships or to college, essay prompts  can feel so general (and yet so specific!) that they leave us stumped.  So we’ll show you 8 tips to write an essay about yourself, so that you can land more scholarships. (Psst – Going Merry makes applying easy .)

1. Create a List of Questions

2. brainstorm and outline, 3. be vulnerable, 4. use personal examples, 5. write in the first person, 6. don’t be afraid to show off…but stay on topic, 7. show personality , 8. know your audience, 9. proofread and edit.

Let’s start with some examples of personal essay prompts:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Describe a challenge or event that made you who you are today.
  • What are your short and long-term goals, and how do you plan to achieve them?
  • Write about a time you failed at something. How did it affect you?

These are just a few of many scholarship essay prompts that require you to look internally, to answer a question, solve a problem, or explain a scenario in your life.  

We get it. You might not be a big fan of bragging about yourself, or you might want to keep your personal stories to yourself. But by opening up and sharing your story, you can show scholarship providers, colleges and universities who you are, and why you’re deserving of their scholarship.

(Don’t just take our word for it – check out our scholarship winners page full of students like you who were brave enough to share their stories with us).

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To get started, check out these 9 tips on how to write an essay about yourself:

After reading through the scholarship essay prompt, breathe, and make a list of smaller questions you can answer, which relate to the big essay prompt question. 

Let’s say the main essay prompt question asks you, “What were challenges or barriers you had to work to overcome?” Then the smaller questions might be something like:

  • What is your background? Family, finances, school.
  • What was challenging about that background?
  • What’s your greatest accomplishment? How did you get there? How have previous challenges influenced your goals?

Think of these questions as mini-prompts. They explain your story and help you answer the main essay prompt with more details than if you just answered it without a plan in place.

After considering smaller questions, it’s time to brainstorm your answers.  Take out a pen and paper – or open up a document on a computer – and take your time in answering each mini-prompt. Organize your responses in order:

  • Intro to main essay prompt.
  • Answer about 3 mini-prompt questions.
  • Conclude by rewriting the answer to the main essay prompt with a summary of your mini-prompt answers.

This organization will help you stay on topic and answer the prompt directly. (Or check out these 6 scholarship essay examples for alternative essay structures.)

Don’t be afraid to let your strengths, challenges, and personal stories shine through in your essay! Scholarship and admissions committees love to see that you’re self-aware how you can improve as a person, or how you’ve grown because of your experiences. Honest writing can help tell the best stories (in this case, YOUR story).

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Since this essay is all about you , you should make your answer as specific as possible! Avoid using generalizations (e.g., “I’m really good at music). Instead, go for more personalized statements (e.g., “My fourth-grade teacher Ms. Matay really inspired me to pursue my interest in the clarinet”). Your personal examples are what will help your scholarship essay stand out among the thousands of applicants..

 You’re telling your story, so write from your perspective! You can narrate your story. You can provide an overview of what you learned from your experiences. However you choose to answer the prompt, we recommend writing in an active tone, and using “I” and “me” throughout your essay.

Most students worry about bragging in their essay, but we say go for it! This is your time to shine, so highlight your accomplishments and strengths.  Review your essay to make sure that you’re keeping the tone informative and that you’re still on topic. (Brag while answering the essay prompt; don’t just mention random, unrelated but impressive facts about yourself!)You can use this brag sheet where you can brainstorm your accomplishments. While the worksheet is geared toward requesting letters of recommendation , you can still use it to write out your hobbies, interests, college list , and strengths to help you answer your scholarship essay prompt.

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Just because it’s an essay doesn’t mean it has to be dry and boring. This essay is all about you, so let your personality shine through. If you’re the class clown, you can use a bit of humor. If you wear your heart on your sleeve, don’t be afraid to show emotion. Trying your best to express who you are as a person will have a huge effect on the admissions or scholarship committee!

If you’re applying for a scholarship, research the scholarship provider. If you’re applying to college, research the school. Understanding what makes the provider/college unique and what their motivations are, will allow you to incorporate that information in your essay. For example, many scholarships are funded by private companies that sell products. You might want to reference those products in your essay. A good example of this is Emily Trader’s essay for the Life Happens organization , where she uses her personal narrative to explain the importance of insurance planning, since that is the mission of the organization (which is funded by insurance companies).

The last step in answering your essay prompt is to double-check your work! One typo can be distracting and cause scholarship providers to scratch their head while reading the essay. ( Psst, humble brag: Going Merry’s application platform includes spellcheck because we’ve got your back .) In addition to proofreading for typos and grammatical errors, also consider whether the sentence or paragraph structure makes sense. Are you breaking paragraphs in the right place? Are you using topic sentences well to signpost your main ideas? Does the essay flow? Consider these “bigger” structural questions too.  You might also want to ask a friend, family member, teacher, or guidance counselor to review your essay. They might catch something you didn’t see the first time around, and that can really help your essay! In fact, that is scholarship winner Daniel Gill ’s #1 tip. (Another tip is to apply for scholarships using Going Merry !)

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Also, check out this helpful list of the 10 most common scholarship essay topics while you’re brainstorming!

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Now that you know how to write an essay about yourself, it’s time to start applying for scholarships! Remember: You’ve got this. 

Sign up for your free Going Merry profile . From there, you can easily upload and submit your essay for thousands of scholarships. We make it easy so you’ll only need to enter your profile information once! And then, you can apply away. In fact, we even have some bundled scholarships so that you only enter your essay once, to apply for multiple scholarships at the same time.

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27 Examples of Self Introduction in English For Great First Impression – Introduce Yourself In English

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Telling someone about yourself can be tricky if you’re not sure how to go about it, but when you’re in an interview or at the start of your first day on the job, giving someone an overview of your previous work and education experience isn’t only necessary – it shows that you’re excited to be there and prepared to work hard.

Here are some examples of self introduction in English that you can use to introduce yourself.

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Self Introduction in English Examples

Example 1: 

Hello, my name is [name] and I am writing to introduce myself. My interests include photography, art, and music. I enjoy making things out of clay and woodworking.

I am a native of the United States and have been here for over 20 years now. I grew up in [city] where I attended school. After high school, I moved to [state] where I went to college at [school name].

During college, it was not easy for me to make friends because I was shy and quiet. It wasn’t until after college when I started working at [job title], that my relationships with others changed for the better. At work, I was able to open up more as well as learn how to communicate better with others by using body language and tone of voice rather than words alone. This resulted in me being promoted from a part-time employee into an assistant manager position within two years of working there full-time!

Hello, I’m [first name], and I’m a writer.

I’ve been writing for a while now, and it’s become an integral part of my life. My passion for writing started when I was in elementary school. I got a pen and paper and wrote down everything that popped into my head—I couldn’t stop!

As my writing skills improved, so did my confidence as a writer. At first, people thought I was just a kid with a lot of energy; but now they see that writing is more than just something fun to do—it’s something that makes me happy, and gives me clarity on what I want out of life, and helps me make sense of the world around me.

So if you’re interested in hiring me as your writer or if you have any questions about what it’s like to work with me, please feel free to reach out!

Hi, I’m [name] and I work at [company] as a [job title]!

I’m a recent college graduate and have been working in customer service for the past six months. I’m looking for opportunities to learn more about the customer service field and grow my skills to take on more challenging roles.

[Company name] provides the best customer service in the world, and I am excited to join such an amazing team.

Self Introduction Paragraph Examples

My name is [name], and I’m a [type of person].

I love to [what you love to do].

When I’m not working or doing what I love, my friends and family are the most important thing in my life. They mean the world to me. When they’re around, I feel like everything is possible.

I’m currently in my final year of university, and it’s been one of the most amazing years of my life so far. I’ve learned so much about myself and how to be a better person, which has made me feel more confident than ever before.

Hi! I’m [name] and I’m so excited to meet you all.

I’m a passionate, driven person who wants to do my part to make the world a better place. That’s why I’m here at [company name].

I’ve got a lot of experience working in customer service, but I also have a passion for helping people find their best path forward when they’re faced with challenges. And that’s what we’re working on at [company name]: finding those solutions for our clients so they can focus on what matters the most—their business.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you all!

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Hi, my name is [name], and I’m here to tell you about my [job].

I’ve been working as a [job] for [number of years], and I love it. It’s an amazing job that allows me to do what I love most—make people happy!

My favorite part of my job is seeing how much happiness can be brought into someone’s life when they’re feeling down or stressed out. I know that by helping people feel better, we’re all better off as a community.

I also really enjoy meeting new people every day who need support in their journey through life. Being able to share what I know with them has helped me grow personally and professionally, so thank you for your support!

Self Introduction Speech Examples For Students

Hi, my name is [name], and I’m about to give you a self-introduction speech.

I’m going to tell you about myself in three parts: who I am, what I’ve done, and why I should be hired for this job.

First, let’s talk about who I am: I’m [age] years old. I’ve been working as a [job title] for [amount of time]. And I love it! It’s made me very good at what I do and keeps me busy all day long.

And now let’s talk about what I’ve done…

I started working at the company when they were just starting, and now they’re one of the top 10 companies in our industry. They’re growing so fast that there are times when we can’t keep up with hiring new people or training them properly. That’s where you come in—you’re going to help us hire some awesome new people who are ready to hit the ground running!

And finally, why should you hire me? Well… because if this were a movie script, there would be no way for me not to get hired by your company!

Hello, my name is [name] and I am a student at [school].

I am interested in pursuing a career in the field of [industry], and I would like to study [field] at [school].

My current job is working as a marketing assistant for [company], where I handle all the emails and calls from clients, as well as manage our social media accounts.

I have been working in this position for over three years now, and it has greatly improved my skillset in terms of customer relations and communication abilities. I would love to continue working for [company] after graduating from college with a degree in both marketing and business management.

Hello, my name is [name] and I’m a student at [school name].

I have always loved to learn and explore, so when I was in the 8th grade I started taking classes at my local college. Now, I have many different degrees from various programs and am heavily involved in the community at large.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, and friends and doing things that make me happy. One of those things is hiking!

Self Introduction Sample For Nurse Job Interview

Hi, I’m [name], and I hope to be the next one of you awesome nurses!

I have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and am currently working as a nurse at [hospital name]. I’ve worked in many different areas, including ER, ICU, and medical-surgical. I love working with patients from all walks of life, but my favorite part is taking care of babies because they’re so sweet and innocent.

I also enjoy helping others learn about their health, whether it’s through patient education or offering advice on dieting or exercise.

Hello, I’m [name] and I’m a nurse. I’ve been in the industry for many years and have worked with many different kinds of patients. I am looking to move into a leadership position, preferably with a hospital or nursing home to manage more than one unit. I believe that the most important part of my job is making sure that my patients are comfortable in their care environment and feel safe at all times. I also enjoy working with other staff members because they can help me access different areas of expertise, which makes me a better nurse and leader.

I would love an opportunity to discuss how my experience could benefit your organization!

Hello, I’m [name] and I’m looking for a job as a nurse.

I’m a middle school student who loves to help people. I’ve had experience working at [hospital name] and [hospital name], where I helped children get better after they were injured.

I also love volunteering at the local animal shelter, where I’ve helped an elderly cat named [cat name]. The owner of the shelter said that she couldn’t find a home for her because she was old, but after working with her, I realized that she was still young at heart.

The hospital where I work now is great and everyone there is very nice, but it’s not the same as being able to help people. It’s hard for me to watch someone get hurt or sick on my shift—especially when there’s nothing that I can do about it—and I want something more for myself than just working in healthcare.

Self Introduction Speech Examples For School Students

Hello! My name is [name], and I’m here to introduce myself to the class.

I’m from [city] in [country]. I’ve been living in the United States for five years now, but I’ve been here for seven. I love this country, and I love being able to learn more about it every day.

In high school, I was a really good student—I got straight A’s all the time. But during my senior year, one of my teachers taught us how to write a speech about ourselves—and that’s when everything changed. Now when someone asks me what I want to be when I grow up, instead of saying “an accountant,” like everyone else says, I say “a teacher.”

So this is me: A teacher who has learned so many things since she started working with children at the age of 18. And now at age 32, she has even more knowledge than she did before!

Hello, my name is [name], and I’m a student at [school name].

I’m excited to be here today because I’ve been wanting to go to this school for a long time. My favorite subject is math, so it’s cool that there will be an opportunity for me to learn more about that.

I also love reading a lot of books and watching movies, so I think this is going to be a good fit for me.

My parents are very supportive of my dreams and help me whenever they can. They always make sure that I am doing what I want, so if you have any questions about anything related to school or your studies, feel free to ask them!

Hello, everyone! I’m [name], and I was just thinking about what to say.

I think that you’re all really smart and kind, and it’s a pleasure to meet you!

My name is [name] and I’m going to be taking your next test. Hopefully, we’ll get along well enough to make it interesting.

I’m here today because I want to talk about [topic]. It’s important to me because it affects my life every day, but also helps me think about things that are important in the world.

Self Introduction Speech Examples Public Speaking

I am a passionate person, who loves to learn and share knowledge with others. I believe that every person should be treated equally, no matter their gender, race, or religion.

I have always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur. I have been working in the field for the last 6 years and it has become my passion now.

I have completed my MBA from St. Xavier’s College and I worked as an Assistant Manager in a reputed company for 4 years before joining here at [company name].

Hello, my name is [name] and I am a [job title]. I have been working as a [job title] for [number of years] and I have been enjoying every moment of it.

I have always had a passion for [job title], and it is truly an honor to be able to work with such amazing people.

I have been lucky enough to work with some of the most talented people in the world, including [famous person’s name], who has taught me so much about [job title].

I would like to thank you all for this opportunity because it has helped me grow both personally and professionally. It has brought me closer to my family and allowed me to meet new people who share similar interests.

Hi, I’m [name], and I’m a professional speaker.

I’ve been giving speeches for over 10 years, and I love it.

My favorite part is being able to share what I know with other people engagingly. It’s also really fun to meet new people and hear their stories because then I can learn from them too!

I also like that people are usually surprised when they find out how much time goes into preparing for a speech—it’s not just about speaking fast or moving your mouth around—but about making it personal and interesting for your audience.

If you have any questions about anything related to public speaking, feel free to contact me at [email address].

Self Introduction Sample For Hr Interview

Hello, I’m [name], a junior HR professional at [company name]. I’m interested in the position of HR Manager, and I’m here today because I think you’re the right person for it.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and a Master’s degree in Personnel Management, both from [school name]. My interests include [interests], which are things like [things], which are things like [things].

In my spare time, I enjoy watching sports on TV and playing volleyball with friends at the local park.

Hello, I’m [name] and I’m a [position] at [company name]. I love to work hard, which is why I’m so excited to be here.

I’ve been working with [company name] for years now, and it’s been an amazing experience. I’ve been able to learn so much about myself and the company in that time.

I’d love to talk more about my experience with you! Please feel free to reach out if you’d like any additional details or want me to send you anything from HR.

Hello! I’m [name], and I would be happy to answer any questions you have about my qualifications for this position.

I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, but I’ve also spent the past six years working as a software engineer. In my current role, I’m responsible for building, maintaining, and improving our software products.

Throughout my career, I’ve worked with engineers from all over the world who have taught me how to problem-solve creatively and work well with others. My experience with developers at [company name] has given me an understanding of what it takes to build quality products that meet our customers’ needs.

The skills listed on my resume are just a small representation of the competencies that make me a great fit for this position:

– Able to build robust, scalable systems that meet customer needs and respond quickly to change

– Able to communicate effectively with other team members

Self Introduction Examples For Experienced Software Engineers

Hello, I am [name], and I am an experienced software engineer.

My specialty is in creating high-quality, well-tested code that solves business problems for my clients. I have been working with them for about five years, and have also worked as a freelance software engineer for several other companies during that time.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from [school name]. After graduating, I worked as a software developer at [company name] for two years. During this time, I learned how to contribute my skills to the company by making contributions within the company’s code base. After working at [company name], I decided to pursue a career as a freelancer and started freelancing immediately.

As a freelancer, my primary focus has been working on projects related to building web applications using mostly JavaScript-based technologies such as HTML5+CSS3/SASS/LESS/JAVASCRIPT (JS) frameworks like ReactJS or VueJS, or NodeJS (server side). However, I have worked with the PHP framework (Laravel) on some projects too.

Hi! I’m [Name] and I’m a software engineer at [company name]. I’ve been working in this industry for six years now, and it’s always been my dream to be in the field. When I graduated from college, I started working as a developer at one of the country’s largest consulting firms. After two years there, I decided to move on and pursue my dream of being a software engineer—and here I am today!

I love what I do because it allows me to work on some cool projects. One of my favorite parts of being a software engineer is working with clients and helping them improve their products. It’s also very rewarding when you see how your work helps people take control of their lives or businesses.

I am a software engineer with over 10 years of experience. I have worked on many different projects, including web development, mobile applications, and backend systems.

My strengths are in designing and implementing scalable solutions while maintaining high-quality standards. I am also very good at communicating my ideas effectively and creating solutions that meet the needs of my clients. I have worked in teams to develop solutions that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

I would love to work on projects that allowed me to use my skills and knowledge to help solve real problems for people in our community.

Self Introduction Sample For Virtual Assistant

My name is [your name here]. I am the founder of [company name] and I have been a virtual assistant for 10 years.

I love helping people with their problems and helping them grow their businesses. I’m also a huge fan of dogs, serial killers, and the Harry Potter series.

Example 2: 

I’m [name], and I’m a virtual assistant and web developer based in [location].

I bring over 15 years of experience as a web developer, working with both small and large businesses, to assist you in getting your projects off the ground. Whether you need help building websites, or just need someone who can manage your social media, my background as a web developer will help me keep you informed, on track, and able to stay focused on your goals.

I have experience working with clients from all over the world and am always looking forward to helping others achieve their goals.

Example 3: 

Hello, I’m [name] and I’m a virtual assistant.

I’ve been working as a VA for over [years] now, and I love it! I work with people who are looking to get their business off the ground, or who just need some extra help around the house. My clients are always happy with my work.

In addition to being a VA, I’m also an avid reader and writer. I enjoy helping others in any way that I can—whether it’s by offering advice or helping them write their copy for landing pages or emails.

I’ve worked on projects ranging from simple blog posts to complex web applications (both front-end and back-end), so whatever your project requires, you’ll find me very capable of handling it.

Related Questions:

Can an introduction be one sentence.

Yes. Just give your name and then your question. There is no reason to list all your credentials first. That’s boring and drawn out. You should know about the community that you’re applying for. You don’t need to list the fact you are a school teacher, that you have a degree in English, that you have a spouse and 2 kids. All of that stuff is irrelevant when it comes to what you want to know, and you’re just wasting space.

Can Introduction Be Two Paragraphs?

Yes. The introduction is a paragraph. That’s the whole rule. With that said, it can be two paragraphs, it can be ten paragraphs, and it can be a page. The length of your introduction is dependent on several factors: who you are writing for, how much time you have to write, how detailed you want to get, and how much detail your reader can absorb.

With that said, let’s take a look at a few examples of great introductions: 1. This is the best, most concise introduction I’ve ever read. Not only is the information short and sweet, but it gets right to the point and shows exactly what the reader has to do, and why it’s important.

The Verdict: Self Introduction Examples

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How to Talk About Yourself

Last Updated: February 15, 2024 Fact Checked

This article was co-authored by Annie Lin, MBA . Annie Lin is the founder of New York Life Coaching, a life and career coaching service based in Manhattan. Her holistic approach, combining elements from both Eastern and Western wisdom traditions, has made her a highly sought-after personal coach. Annie’s work has been featured in Elle Magazine, NBC News, New York Magazine, and BBC World News. She holds an MBA degree from Oxford Brookes University. Annie is also the founder of the New York Life Coaching Institute which offers a comprehensive life coach certification program. Learn more: https://newyorklifecoaching.com This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 189,824 times.

Whether you want to learn to open up to people appropriately or prepare for interview questions, it's important to know how to talk about yourself. When talking to other people, be open and talk about things you love. Provide some personal information to build trust and friendship. When talking about yourself during an interview, focus largely on your professional experiences. Talk about your strengths and accomplishments and paint yourself in a positive light.

Speaking Interpersonally

Step 1 Show your personality.

  • Talk about the things you find most interesting about yourself. Maybe you love being a parent, driving motorcycles, or playing music.
  • Approach a friend or loved one if you feel like you don't know what these are. Ask them what they consider most interesting about you. Often, people don't share because they don't think they have anything of interest to say.

Step 2 Talk about what you love.

  • Don't go on and on about one subject, however. Gauge the interest level and decide how long to talk about your passions.
  • Look for signs that a person is paying attention. They'll often show this in body language – things like mirroring your posture, turning the body towards you, not fidgeting – as well as asking you questions and offering feedback.

Step 3 Discuss your profession.

  • For example, say, “I work as a teacher and really enjoy it. Educating children is a passion of mine.”

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When asked to talk about yourself, tailor your response to the situation and audience, highlighting your most relevant qualities and accomplishments that allow your personality to shine. Share personal details and interests concisely while allowing others to reciprocate interest in your life and learn about them. Conversations should have balance — express confidence without self-absorption.

Step 4 Be vulnerable.

  • Things that make people feel closer to you might include talking about your family, preferences, and hardships.
  • In being vulnerable, don't be an “over-sharer.” if you have major problems and need to talk about them, see a therapist.

Talking During an Interview

Step 1 Talk about your work experience.

  • To do this well, you'll need first to do some research about the job and its duties. Re-read the advertisement closely and then brainstorm about your previous work experiences. Try to think of how your job history and accomplishments fit the job for which you're applying – having concrete examples of this is always good, too.
  • You can also talk about how the prospective job will help you meet your goals. For example, say, “I'm qualified for this position and am excited about learning more from the people here.”

Step 2 Describe your skills and strengths.

  • Think back on job evaluations you've had in the past and any positive feedback you got from supervisors. Identify these as your strengths and, again, try to customize them to the position at hand.
  • For example, say, “My strength lies in my ability to communicate, and this is why I'm great at marketing.”

Step 3 Talk about your accomplishments.

  • If you're feeling bashful, just remember that you've accomplished some goals and you should be proud of your accomplishments. You don't have to brag, just state what you've done.
  • Consider mentioning what you learned in pursuing these accomplishments – what the experience taught you. That way, you can appear to be humble.

Step 4 Say what's different about yourself.

  • For example, if you have a gap in your resume, be positive about explaining it. Say what experiences you gained from it.

Step 5 Make some personal statements.

  • Steer clear of controversial personal topics, though. You may want to avoid talking about your political or religious views, for example.

Annie Lin, MBA

Annie Lin, MBA

Create a connection with the person you're talking to. During a conversation, focus on being present and listening to the person you're having a conversation with. Even during an interview, try to take the opportunity to form a genuine human connection, rather than strategizing about how to make yourself look good. When you do that, you'll naturally understand what's important in the moment, and you can choose your answers accordingly.

Remaining Friendly and Approachable

Step 1 Show interest in others.

  • Keep your body uncrossed by keeping your arms by your sides and feet flat on the floor.

Step 2 Speak concisely.

  • If you notice yourself rambling, take a break. Say, “Okay, that's enough about me. Tell me about you.”

Step 3 Avoid bragging.

  • If someone else describes an accomplishment, be happy for them without having to top it or bring attention to yourself. Celebrate their success without feeling threatened in your own.
  • Be sure to recognize the achievements of others in the conversation, as well, to avoid the appearance that you're making it all about you.

Step 4 Take turns talking.

  • Some people tend to excessively talk when they feel nervous. If you feel nervous, don't overtalk. Deal with your anxiety instead by taking some deep breaths.
  • If there are several people in the discussion, try to be inclusive by rotating your questions or requests for input. Try to wait 3 seconds after others finish a sentence before starting to talk, too, to avoid interrupting or talking over them.

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To talk about yourself, try talking about the things you’re passionate about in life, like volunteering, hiking, or playing in a band, since this will probably be most interesting for other people. While you’re talking, look for signs that they’re still interested, such as nodding, facing you, and asking you questions, since you don't want to bore them. If you’re asked to talk about yourself in an interview, start by talking about your work experience, since this is what employers will be most interested in. However, you should also talk about what makes you different, like specific achievements and your accomplishments, to make you stand out from the crowd. For more tips from our co-author, including how to avoid bragging when talking about yourself, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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8 Examples of How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself”

By Biron Clark

Published: November 16, 2023

In this article, I’m going to walk you through steps and examples of how to answer the “Tell me about yourself” interview question to impress employers and get more job offers . We’ll also cover the  costly mistakes you NEED to avoid if you want to pass this question. 

Here’s exactly what you’re going to get:

  • The most-recommended method of how to answer “tell me about yourself”
  • 8 examples of good answers to “tell me about yourself” for various industries
  • A shorter, newer method for experienced candidates
  • How to practice your answer to make sure you’re 100% ready for the interview

Let’s get started…

Why Do Interviewers Ask “Tell Me About Yourself”

“Can you tell me about yourself ?” is a common interview question that’s generally delivered as an icebreaker or pathfinder question, right at the start of an interview. It can catch you off your guard because it may seem vague, broad, and somewhat tricky. Honestly though, understanding a bit more about why interviewers ask this question (which is often framed as a command) will give you a clear insight into how to answer.

Interviewers ask this question to ease you out of those introductory jitters (that you both feel) and into the nitty-gritty of why you’re there. It’s their way of establishing a direction for the interview because it shows them how you summarize your experience and show its relevance to the job you’re applying for, which in turn tells them what to ask next. Trust me though, your answer needs to be relevant, the interviewer is likely not asking whether you’re a dog or a cat person but rather what background, skills, qualifications and experiences brought you to this interview today. 

Watch: How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself?”

Different ways of asking the same question.

I mentioned how this question can sometimes be framed as a command, i.e: “tell me about yourself,” and so on. There are numerous ways this question might be framed, but all express the same intention on the part of the interviewer, so they should all be answered the same way. Common variants include:

  • “Take me through your resume.”
  • “Tell me about your background”
  • “Describe yourself.”
  •   “Can you tell me more about why you’re here?”
  • “What brings you here today?”

When it comes to describing yourself, you may wonder where to start, how personal to be, and how far to get into it. “Describe yourself” certainly feels a little more personal than the rest. For insight into how to answer that variant, Read This Article .

How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself” in an Interview:

1. choose the right starting point for your story (important).

Your goal when answering, “tell me about yourself,” is to give a brief, concise walkthrough of your career story that will show off relevant pieces of experience. You want to start at a point in the past (like how you began working in this field), and end up in your current situation. So the first thing to decide is where you’ll begin the story… If you’re a recent graduate: Start with the fact that you just graduated, and explain why you chose this career path or field of area of study.  

For example, you might start your answer like this:

“I graduated with my degree in Economics two months ago. I chose that field of study because I’ve always been interested in finance and money, and a couple of family members told me it leads to great career options, too.”

If you have 1-8 years of experience, start with the moment you graduated and walk them through your employment experience since then.

Here’s an example of how you’d start your interview answer in this situation:

“I graduated with my degree in Industrial Engineering six years ago and immediately went to work for a small design firm in Chicago. Since then, I’ve…”

And if you have 8-20+ years of experience, you can start with a mid-point in your career. This will keep your answer from getting too long.

For example, if you’re a manager, you could start with how you first became a manager. If you’ve been working for 25 years but have only been a sales professional for 12 years, you could begin with how you got started in sales.

Here is an example of how to begin your answer to “tell me about yourself” as a very experienced candidate:

“I first started managing people twelve years ago, when I was promoted from Customer Service Associate to Customer Service Supervisor. Since then, I’ve…”

2. Highlight Impressive Experience and Accomplishments

As you tell your career story, explain key accomplishments you’ve achieved, work you’ve done, skills you’ve learned, and key career moves you’ve made.

  • Were you promoted? That’s always a great sign and worth mentioning.
  • Did you accomplish something significant like solving a big problem for your last employer?  That’s great to mention, too.
  • Did you build new skills or overcome challenges? Get specific! Tell details.

But random impressive facts aren’t enough. You should be thinking about how this ties in with the company you’re talking to.

  • You should always research the company before going into the interview . Study their job description in particular so you know what skills THEY care most about.
  • What does this particular job involve? Is there a lot of leadership? Talk about your experiences leading (no matter how small!), how it went, and what you learned.
  • Does the job involve a high level of technical skill? Talk about how you learned and advanced in that area through each step of your career!
  • You need to “tailor” your answer for, “tell me about yourself,” for their job description and their needs. Try to talk about experiences and qualifications that are relevant to this job you’ve applied for.

3. Conclude by Explaining Your Current Situation

Finally, the best way to finish your story is to bring them up to speed on your current situation. Why you wanted to apply for their job , what you’re looking to do next, etc.

For example you might end your answer by saying:

“…and that’s why I wanted to interview with your firm. This position seems like a great opportunity to advance those skills I just talked about, and continue building my career and challenging myself”.

4. Keep Your Answer Work-Related

When employers ask, “tell me about yourself,” in an interview, they usually want to hear about you as a professional. So the safest approach is to keep your answer work-related and share your career story, rather than personal details. You can show more personality as the interview goes on, but it’s risky to share too much personal info when answering, “tell me about yourself.” It could lead to your answer getting too long, or it could cause you to leave out important professional information that the interviewer was looking to know!

5. Be Concise When Answering (2 Minutes or Less!)

When they say “tell me about yourself,” it’s going to be tempting to give a long-winded answer. It’s such an open-ended question. And we covered a lot above, but there’s something just as important as any of that. You need to be concise.  Your communication and ability to stay on track with your answer are two things they are watching closely. The interviewer wants to see that you can tell your story from Point A (the beginning) to Point B (the end) without getting sidetracked, distracted, or scattered. Because it tells them how you’ll communicate as an employee… when there’s a problem, when there’s a disagreement, or when you simply need to share your knowledge or opinion. If you take this answer beyond 2 minutes you are shooting yourself in the foot. In fact, below 90 seconds is ideal. Practice at home with a timer! That’s why I recommend choosing a starting point based on your experience (Step 1 above)… because if you have 25 years of experience and you start at the moment you graduated from college, your answer will be too long.

“Tell Me About Yourself” Example Answers:

Now that we’ve covered the key steps to answering, “tell me about yourself,” let’s look at some full answer examples to this interview question .

Example Answer for Experienced Candidates:

“I graduated with a Business degree in 2010, and was offered an account management position at a telecommunications company I had interned with. I loved working with customers and managing and growing my accounts, but the industry we were in just wasn’t very appealing to me. After that, I stayed a full year and learned a ton about how to build and manage accounts successfully and  I ended up becoming a top performer in my group before leaving. I left at the 1-year-mark to pursue a very similar position within an industry I’m much more excited about- healthcare. I’ve been at this healthcare startup space for 2 years with this company and I feel ready to take my career to the next level so that’s why I’m currently looking for a new opportunity.”

That first example showed you how to answer “tell me about yourself” for experienced job seekers (at least a few years of experience). Now let’s look at an example for entry-level job seekers and job seekers with no experience .

Example Answer With No Experience:

“I graduated with a degree in Engineering two months ago. I chose that field of study because I’ve always been interested in math and physics , and a couple of family members told me it leads to great career options. One of my key accomplishments during my academic career was speaking at a conference on the topic of energy-efficient window design, based on research I had done for one of my senior-level classes. This led to an internship that I just wrapped up, so I’m actively looking for a full-time position now.”

Stand Out by “Tailoring” Your Answer to the Company

The end of your interview answer is a big opportunity to customize your answer for the company and job you’re interviewing for. When you talk about what you’re looking to do next in your career, try to mention whatever you see this company providing for your career (leadership, technical challenges, exposure to new areas, etc.) That shows them why you’re excited about their job, which will help you get hired! (I explain more about why this is true here ). Before we move on to more tips and a HUGE mistake to avoid, here’s one more example interview answer for this question.

Shorter Method for How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself” (For Experienced Candidates Only)

The method I gave you above is the standard way most recruiters recommend answering “tell me about yourself.”  It’s how I coached job seekers to answer this question for years. There’s another way you can answer, though… and it has some benefits. I’ll explain…Many experts have pointed out that if the interviewer wanted your career story, they could have looked at your resume or your LinkedIn , or asked a question like, “can you walk me through your background?” So there’s another approach for answering, “tell me about yourself,” that skips the career story and just cuts right to the chase: Why you’re awesome and why they should hire you !

Let’s look at 2 word-for-word templates that accomplish this.

After this, you’ll have two proven methods for answering, “tell me about yourself” in interviews, and in the next section, I’ll reveal how to decide which method is best for YOU.

Example answer if you’re job searching while employed:

“Well, I’m currently working at XYZ Company and I specialize in doing ___. The reason I applied for this job is I saw ___ on the job description and I think I would be able to help you ___ and ___. One of my key accomplishments in my current role was helping my employer do ___, and I’m confident I can help your team get similar results here.”

Example answer template if unemployed:

“In my most recent position at XYZ Company, I specialized in doing ___. The reason I applied for this job is I saw ___ on the job description and I think I would be able to help you ___ and ___. One of my key accomplishments in my last role for XYZ Company was helping them  ___, and I’m confident I can help your team get similar results here.”

Which Method Should You Use for Your Answer?

If you have work experience, both options we’ve covered are very good, and it really depends on what you feel most comfortable with. Choose the one you like best. They’re both excellent ways to answer the question, so don’t stress over it! However, if you are entry-level and have no work experience… or internships at the very least…  then I would go back to the top of this article and use the first, 5-step method for answering, “tell me about yourself.”

This second method we just covered is really best if you want to give a unique, concise answer and you have some relevant work experience to share in the interview!

“Tell Me About Yourself” Example Answers For Different Industries:


“After being licensed six years ago, I immediately entered a busy E.R. setting where I progressed to the point of triaging as many as 50 patients a shift. I’m skilled in patient record-keeping, stabilizing incoming patients, diagnosing injuries, administering meds, doing stitches, starting I.V.s, setting bones and offering emotional support to family members behind the scenes. I’ve adapted to the pressure but feel that, in the long term, I’d be better suited to a slower-paced environment with more focus on establishing lasting patient relationships. I’m ready to take on this post in your busy day clinic and believe that my advanced patient triage skills, along with my empathic nature, would be a great benefit to your team.”

This works because:   This answer outlines your qualifications and extensive background in incoming patient care, triage, diagnosing and record-keeping. Your honesty about long term goals is appreciated. The answer shows how your skills have progressed since you were licensed, and it inspires confidence in your ability to handle a hands-on post at a busy clinic.

Service Industry:

“Having spent eight years in the food and beverage industry, I progressed from head waiter to front of house manager four years ago. I’ve held so many posts in the industry, from runner to waiter to head waiter to manager, but my dedication to quality service has never changed. I believe in knowing my product and process inside and out, uplifting my team members and demonstrating focused positivity throughout. It’s easy to fall into the temper trap when things get busy, but I prefer to knuckle down, smile and get it done. I want my customers to come back for more!”

This works because: This answer makes an impact because of how your personality shines through. The service industry is incredibly stressful, but it’s refreshing to know that you have a proactive, positive attitude to stressful situations, backed up with strong product knowledge and professionalism.

“I’m an accredited software engineer and systems integrator with more than ten years of active development experience. I’m proficient in Ruby, Python, Java, C++ and a wide range of associated languages and frameworks. I’m a team player, and I love bouncing ideas off my colleagues and engaging with diverse perspectives. I like to stay abreast of the latest tech and I’m wildly competitive when it comes to troubleshooting. I’ve also got an eye for detail and clean design and I’m dedicated to delivering a seamless, streamlined experience to the end-user.”

This works because: From this answer, it’s clear that you’re accredited and boast a diversified programming portfolio with plenty of experience in the field. It’s noted that you’re a team player, as teamwork is essential when developing and managing systems for a busy tech enterprise. And your attitude to problem solving, as being competitive will help you find fast and effective solutions.

“I’ve been a retail cosmetic artist and sales assistant for six years and I’m passionate about making clients feel utterly gorgeous! I have a strong knowledge of retail processes, including stock-take, merchandising and sales targeting. If I have to describe my stand-out quality it’s that I love to build up the team, make my colleagues smile and get them motivated to break targets for our department. Above all though, the customer comes first and I’m dedicated to building brand and store loyalty in the customer.”

  This works because: From this answer, it’s obvious you know retail like the back of your hand and that you take pride in breaking targets and boosting the team morale. Your positivity shines through, and you highlight your passion for making clients feel special.

Practice Your Answer Before the Interview

As a final tip – make sure you go practice everything you plan on saying when the interviewer asks, “what can you tell me about yourself?” Nothing comes out perfect the first time, and you don’t want to appear nervous and stumble when they ask.  So I’d recommend grabbing a piece of paper and writing down the key points you want to talk about in your answer. I like to write them in bullet format. Then, use your smartphone’s voice recorder app to record a few practice answers and see how you sound. Don’t look at your notes as you give your answer. The idea is to try to remember what you want to talk about without reading off the paper. Then glance at the paper AFTER to make sure you covered everything. Keep practicing until you can give a smooth answer without forgetting anything important.

Note: If you’re having a phone interview , you can use notes/bullet points to help guide you through your answer. Nobody can see you on the phone, so take advantage!

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Talk about yourself

This is a very common task at the beginning of a speaking exam. It is something you can prepare at home and practise. If you know what to say, you will feel more relaxed and confident at the start of the exam.


Watch the video of two students talking about themselves in a speaking exam. Then read the tips below.

Examiner : Hi. What’s your name?

Kelvin :  My name is Kelvin.

Examiner : Kelvin, OK. So, Kelvin, I’m going to ask you a few questions. I’d like to ask you about your school. So, what subjects do you like most?

Kelvin : I think I like economics most because I can study different kinds of demand and supply theory and I can use it in my daily life to observe the market. I think that’s very interesting, yeah, and very useful.

Examiner : OK. And are there any subjects that you don’t like so much?

Kelvin : Actually, I don’t like physics too much because I need to calculate many difficult questions and all those mathematics words. I’m not really used to them. So, I don’t like physics.

Examiner : I see. All right. Well, how about in the future? Are you hoping to go to university?

Kelvin : Yeah, sure.

Examiner : OK, and what would you like to study there?

Kelvin : I think I would like to study something about business. So, I think nowadays we can only make a lot of money by participating in the financial sectors. So, I would like to study something about financial business. I want to get rich, yes.

Examiner : OK, that’s great. Thanks, Kelvin.

Melissa : My name is Melissa.

Examiner : Melissa?

Melissa : Yeah.

Examiner : Hi, Melissa. And, can you tell me about your family?

Melissa : I’ve got no sisters and brothers. I live with my father and mother and my dog.

Examiner :  And your dog?

Melissa : Yeah!

Examiner : Great. All right, I’d like to ask you a few questions about your school. So first, what subjects do you like most?

Melissa : I like mathematics the most because I think it’s satisfying to calculate the solution.

Examiner : OK. So, mathematics ... is there any other one?

Melissa : And English, I think, because it’s fun to learn a language.

Examiner : Great, OK. Which subjects do you think are most useful for you?

Melissa : I think accounting is the most useful because every company needs an accountant and to be an accountant I need to study this subject.

Examiner : Sure, OK. And are there any subjects that you don’t like?

Melissa : I hate Chinese because it’s difficult to study the passages. Yeah, and I don’t really understand what it’s about.

Examiner : OK, that’s great. Thanks, Melissa.

Here are our top tips for talking about yourself in an exam.

  • Think about the types of topics and questions you may be asked before the exam. School, family, free time, daily routines and future plans are common topics.
  • Practise answering simple questions about yourself. Work with a friend to practise or record yourself and listen to the recording.
  • Listen carefully to the questions. If you don’t understand the question, ask your teacher to repeat it.
  • Give complete answers in full sentences.
  • Look at the examiner. His/her face may tell you when you’ve said enough and he/she is ready for the next question.
  • Memorise your answers. It’s good to have ideas ready, but it’s better not to memorise long replies to typical questions.
  • Just reply with ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
  • Panic if you are asked an unexpected question. Take a few seconds to think before you answer it.

Here are some examples of things you can say about yourself:

My name’s ... I’m from ... / I live in ... I was born in ... I’m ... years old. I go to ... school. I like ... because ... I don’t like ... because ... In my free time / After school, I ... My best friends are ... because ... My favourite (school subject, actor, pop group, sport) is ... because ... I have ... brothers and sisters. In the future, I’d like to ... because ...

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Tell Me About Yourself - Perfect Answers for 2024

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All interviews start with the same question:

Tell me about yourself

The question sounds easy on paper, sure. After all, we talk about ourselves all the time.

But when you think about it, it’s a really open-ended question.

Do you start with your background? Do you go through whatever’s on your resume? Or do you introduce yourself more as a person than a professional?

Worried and unsure of how to answer?

Relax, you’re not the only one! 

Most people struggle with this question.

Here’s some good news, though: there’s a very easy way to answer the dreaded interview question.

Want to learn how?

  • Why do interviewers ask this question? 
  • How to answer “tell me about yourself” with a simple formula 
  • 4 essential tips to keep in mind when answering 
  • 3 sample answers for experienced professionals, students, and prospective students

Let’s take it one step at a time.

How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself” Interview Question

To better answer the question, you first need to understand why they ask it in the first place.

Hint: the interviewer isn’t looking for your life story, or what you had for dinner last night.

Rather, the question is a way for them to ease into the actual interview and get a general idea of what you’re all about.

It acts as an introduction and depending on how you answer, it’s going to help the interviewer decide what to ask next.

This is your opportunity to leave a lasting first impression.

Give a good answer, and the interviewer will enthusiastically bombard you with more questions.

Answer wrong, though, you’ll instantly be labeled as the “OK Candidate.”

So, what’s a “good answer?”

Well, it’s actually pretty straightforward. A good answer should be

Tailored - Applying for an accounting job? The recruiter doesn’t care about your work experience as a real estate agent. Your answer should be tailored to the job you’re applying for. 

Based on Experience & Achievements - Your answer should be super-specific. Don’t just say “so um, my name’s Mike and I’m a sales manager.” Your answer should consist of background (what did you study?), top achievements (how do you stand out from the other candidates), and interests (why are you applying for this job?).

Structured - Your answer should follow a simple, easy-to-follow format. We’d recommend sticking to the tried-and-tested “Past-Present-Future” formula. Meaning, structure you answer as follows:

  • The past - what is your background and relevant work experience? How did you get to where you are now?
  • The present - what is your current role? What do you do and what are your top accomplishments?
  • The future - what are you looking to do next? Why are you interested in the position?

Keeping these tips in mind, here’s what a good answer to “tell me about yourself” would look like:

“Sure, so, my name is Joe and I am 27 years old.

For the past 5 years, I’ve been working as a business analyst at Company X and Y.

I have some background in data analysis, with a degree from University XY. What really got me into the field, though, is the internship I did at Company Z. 

Throughout my career, I’ve noticed that I’ve always been good with numbers and handling data.

For example, when I was working at Company X, I led a project for migrating all operations data to a new data warehousing system to cut down on costs. The new solution was a much better fit for our business, which eventually led to savings of up to $200,000 annually. 

Moving forward, I hope to expand my experience across different industries. Particularly fintech, which is why I’m interested in your company..”

Here’s what’s done right:

  • The answer is tailored . Joe doesn’t stray off-topic, he talks about his experience as a business analyst, and his past achievements in working with data.
  • The answer is based on experiences and achievements. Joe talks about his work experience as a business analyst, and covers some of his top achievements.
  • The answer is structured right - past, present, future.

Sounds simple enough, right?

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Now that we’ve covered the basics on how to answer “tell me about yourself,” we’re going to cover several essential tips that can help you stand out even more.

So, let’s get started.

4 Essential Tips on Answering “Tell Me About Yourself”

1) keep it professional and brief.

When answering, try to keep it under 1-2 minutes, at most.

No, the HR manager doesn’t want to know your entire life story.

They don’t care about which kindergarten you went to, how your first internship went, or what you studied in high school.

You want to stick to your main selling points that are relevant for the job.

Pro tip: If you can see that the interviewer is getting distracted, you should take that as a sign that it might be time to wrap up.

Here’s how you WOULDN’T answer this interview question...

Well, I’ve always been interested in tech.

But it all probably started when I was a kid, and at the age of 9 I first got my computer.

I always loved playing around with code and learning new things. But it wasn’t until that high school where I first had my first class about it that really made me fall in love with the subject.

Since then, I started learning more about it and decided to major in IT at University X where I learned how to.

2) Practice, But Don’t Memorize

You’re bound to hear “tell me about yourself” on just about every interview.

So, all you have to do is practice your answer a bit!

Grab a friend and do a quick mock interview.

Keep in mind, though, that you shouldn’t memorize your answer. Sure, it might seem like the safer option, but if you end up forgetting something on the interview, you might mess up your entire answer.

Instead, come up with a general idea of what you’re going to talk about, memorize the structure, and just wing the rest on the interview. 

3) Know Your Audience

Or, know thy interviewer.

It’s important to keep in mind who you’re talking to.

Is it the HR? Business manager? The hiring manager? The CTO? CMO? CEO?

You might be wondering, why does this matter?

Well, the thing is, each of these people expect a different answer.

Let’s say you’re a software engineer, and you’re being interviewed by the HR manager. If you start going on and on about how much you love coding in Assembly, you’ve practically lost them.

See, the HR manager doesn’t know anything about coding or assembly.

They’re expecting a more generic answer about you, your career, and reasons for applying at the company.

On the other hand, if you’re being interviewed by the CTO or the hiring manager, you can geek out as much as you want.

4) Remember W.A.P. (Work, Academic, Personal)

Every good answer to “tell me about yourself” should consist of:

  • Work - This should make up about 80% of your answer. Focus on your previous experience and accomplishments here.
  • Academic - 10-15% of your answer should then be about your academic background (university, academic achievements, etc.).
  • Personal - Finally the last 5-10% should be about you as a person, while still keeping it relevant to the company.

Keep in mind, though, that the W.A.P. rule isn’t set in stone.

If you’re a student, for example, your entire answer could be about your academic career and personal interests.

3 Tell Me About Yourself Sample Answers

Need some inspiration? Here are 3 sample answers for:

  • Experienced professionals
  • Fresh graduates and college students
  • University admissions

Ready? Let’s start with:

Sample Answer for Experienced Professionals

Sure, I’d be glad to. I’m an tech-focused project manager for up to 8 years now.

I graduated from University X, where I made the Dean’s List, with a major in business administration and a minor in computer science. After that, I first got into the industry working as an administrative assistant at Company X. There I provided clerical support with interdepartmental communication, helped in managing schedules, and maintained the digital filing system.

After that, I was working as a project manager for Company Y that provided cloud computing solutions for about 6 years. There, I personally managed 5+ teams of software projects, and made sure everything went smoothly in terms of business goals, deadlines, budget, and more. 

In my downtime, I enjoy reading about AI, tech, and robotics. Since you guys do all 3, I thought I’d apply.

Sample Answer for Fresh Graduates and College Students

My name is Jane Doe, I’m 22 years old and I recently graduated from University X with a B.A. in international business. While there, I learned a lot of theory in subjects like corporate communication, international economics, corporate governance, and more. I was also part of the student government, and maintained a GPA of 3.6.

I’ve worked hard in my education and now I’m ready to apply my knowledge into practice.

While I don’t have any real-life work experience, I’ve had a lot of exposure to the business environment. A lot of my courses involved working with real companies to solve real problems.

Now, I’m looking to leverage everything I’ve learned in uni and get some hands-on work experience.

Sample Answer for University Admissions:

So, my name is John, and I’m a senior at School XYZ. 

This year, I managed to maintain a 3.7 GPA, while working on a few different school projects. I started an ‘Ernest Hemingway Book Club’ which has up to 15 active members as of now. And I also launched a recycling program for the campus, through which we raised awareness and invited an outside guest lecturer to speak about the subject.

I tend to be teamwork-oriented and reliable, as I’ve never missed a deadline. I’m also proud of my ability to preserve and overcome any challenges as they come up. For example, last year, I was having some trouble with trigonometry. I realized I needed to dedicate more time to the subject, so, I met with a teacher outside the class and set aside two extra hours per day for the subject. Eventually, I ended up with an A in the subject.

At University X, I’m planning to either major in English or Journalism. I love reading and writing, so I think both programs are going to be interesting and relevant to my interests.

Key Takeaways

Now, to recap, here’s the most important tips on how to answer “tell me about yourself…”

  • Structure your answer in a way that makes sense. Stick to the past-present-future format, and you’re all good!
  • Keep it relevant and brief (1-2 minutes max). No one wants to hear your whole life story.
  • Mention any of your top achievements and relevant work experiences.

Now, as this is only the start of the interview, expect them to follow up and ask a bunch of other questions.

So, if you want to make sure you’re definitely ready for the interview, check out our list of the most common interview questions and example answers:

  • Why Do You Want to Work Here?
  • Why Should We Hire You?
  • What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?
  • What Is Your Greatest Strength?
  • What Is Your Greatest Accomplishment?
  • Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?
  • What Are Your Career Goals?
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How to Answer “Tell Us About Yourself” in a Job Interview? (5 Sample Responses)

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  • Updated October 31, 2023 7 min read

Learning how to answer "tell us about yourself" is a crucial step in preparing for any job interview . It's the most commonly asked interview question and it's usually the very first thing the hiring managers ask.

But don't be fooled. This question isn't just an ice breaker to make you feel comfortable. Instead, they want to see:

  • who you are as a professional;
  • how well you can pitch yourself for the job.

Your answer to this question sets the tone for the entire interview. It’s your chance to showcase your strengths, experiences, and why you’re the perfect fit for the position. 

In this article, we will provide sample answers for practice, help you tailor an answer that best represents your professional journey, and avoid common mistakes. 

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Understanding the question

How to prepare your answer.

  • How to answer "tell us about yourself"
  • Common mistakes to avoid when answering "tell me about yourself"

Tips for delivering your answer confidently

  • Key takeaways: How to answer "tell us about yourself"

When interviewers ask "tell us about yourself," they're not asking for your life story.

They want a brief but comprehensive summary of your professional journey, tailored to the job you’re applying for.

What they look for:

  • Relevant professional experience. Highlighting past jobs and responsibilities that are pertinent to the role you're interviewing for. Sharing the skills that make you an asset to their team.
  • Confident communication. Clearly and confidently articulate your thoughts, ensuring you provide a well-structured and thoughtful answer, rather than being quiet or unprepared.
  • Cultural fit. Showing traits that prove you'd blend well with the company’s values and work environment.

It’s a simple question, but it’s easy to misstep. Some might think it’s a casual ice-breaker and start delving into personal stories. That’s a common pitfall.

This question is not about making you comfortable; it's a structured opportunity for you to sell yourself from the get-go.

Why it can be tricky:

  • Misinterpretation. Thinking it’s a casual conversation starter when it’s actually a strategic interview question.
  • First impression. It’s usually the first question, so nailing it sets a positive tone for the rest of the interview.
  • Lack of structure. Failing to provide a concise, well-thought-out response.

To ace this question, recognize it for what it is: your moment to shine professionally right from the start, setting a strong and positive first impression.

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Preparing for how to answer "tell us about yourself" question is a step you shouldn't skip. By planning ahead, you gain control over how you present yourself, ensuring clarity and relevance in your response.

Here's how to structure your answer to "tell me about yourself" in 4 steps:

Begin by discussing your current role, explaining why you are a great match for the job, and highlighting your top three qualifications. Example: "I'm a data analyst with seven years of experience, now part of the team at TechSolutions. In this role, I manage extensive datasets and analyze them to guide strategic decisions. I bring to the table strong expertise in R, a solid grasp of data visualization, and the ability to demystify complex data for stakeholders without a technical background."

Next, you want to highlight examples of past successes, ensuring they are relevant to the position you're aiming for. Example: "What I'm really proud of is a project back at DataGen, where we got to unravel customer feedback layer by layer. We put advanced predictive analytics to work, honing in on ways to amp up our product game. It was a huge win, with customer satisfaction scores soaring by 20%"

After that, pick one thing from this particular job or company that excites you. Example: "I am particularly drawn to this role because of your company’s innovative approach to data analysis, and the opportunity to work with big data applications, something I am very passionate about."

Connect your future career aspirations with the potential role. You can also connect this to the previous point. Example: "Looking forward, I’m eager to dive deeper into predictive modeling and I believe this position offers the perfect platform to expand my skills and contribute to innovative solutions."

By preparing your answer and structuring it, you not only showcase your technical expertise but also your enthusiasm for the role.

How to answer "tell us about yourself"

Now that we've walked through how to structure your answer, let’s put theory into practice.

Below are five sample answers tailored to different job positions, applying the strategies we discussed in the previous chapter.

We highlighted the best opener sentences for each part of your answer:

  • Introduction to your current role and top skills
  • Highlighting your past achievements
  • Pin-pointing one thing that excites you about the job/company
  • Discussing your future career aspirations

1. Marketing manager

Example answer:.

“ I’ve been spearheading the marketing team at TrendingNow for over seven years, really honing in on digital advertising and SEO.

I’m particularly proud of how we managed to boost our main product line’s organic traffic by 40% last year, all thanks to a solid strategy and a bit of elbow grease.

When I look at your company, I’m genuinely excited about your commitment to data-driven decisions. It’s right up my alley, especially with my experience in analytics and content creation.

Looking ahead, I’m keen on bringing my skills to your team, growing with a company that’s as forward-thinking and innovative as you guys.”

2. Software developer

“ I’ve dedicated the last five years to honing my software development skills at DevSolutions, primarily working with Python and Java to solve complex challenges.

Just recently, we successfully implemented a new feature that significantly enhanced our user experience, a project I played a key role in.

I’ve been following XYZ’s work closely and am impressed with your dedication to agile methodologies, something I value highly as a developer.

I’m at a stage in my career where I’m looking to elevate my skills and contribute to innovative projects, and I believe XYZ provides the perfect environment for that growth. The challenging and innovative work you do here is precisely what I am seeking in my next role.”

3. Project manager

“ I’ve spent the last six years immersed in project management at BuildRight, where I’ve successfully led teams through the entire lifecycle of numerous projects, always ensuring we stay on time and on budget.

One of my proudest moments was steering a project that was initially behind schedule back on track, ultimately delivering it two weeks early and 15% under budget.

I’m particularly drawn to GlobalInnovate due to your commitment to sustainability and innovative tech. This aligns with my passion for eco-conscious project management.

I see a great opportunity to contribute my skills here, and I’m eager to be part of your innovative journey, further developing as a project manager.”

4. Graphic designer

“ In my four years as a graphic designer at CreativeSolutions, I’ve mastered various design tools and developed a keen eye for aesthetics, which has greatly enhanced our visual content and branding efforts.

A project I’m particularly proud of involved rebranding a client’s visual identity, resulting in a 30% increase in their customer engagement.

I’ve been following your work at DesignInnovate, and I’m really impressed with your commitment to creativity and innovative design solutions.

I’m excited about the chance to bring my unique style and skills to your team, and I believe this role is the perfect opportunity for me to further refine my design capabilities.”

5. HR specialist

“ Over the last five years at PeopleFirst, I’ve honed my skills in employee relations, benefits administration, and talent acquisition, playing a key role in creating a positive work environment and improving our employee retention rate by 25%. I’ve successfully implemented various employee engagement programs that have not only boosted morale but also enhanced productivity across departments.

I’m particularly proud of the mentorship program I spearheaded, which has significantly aided in the professional development of our staff.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the innovative HR practices at TalentInnovate, and I’m thoroughly impressed by your commitment to employee well-being and professional growth.

The chance to bring my expertise to your esteemed team, contributing to your progressive HR initiatives, is an exciting prospect.”

Of course, you need to tailor your answer to "tell us about yourself" according to the job you're applying for. The samples provided are just a guide to show you how you might structure your answer in various roles.

Aim for your answer to be concise yet comprehensive, typically lasting between 1-3 minutes . This length allows you to provide enough detail without losing the interviewer’s attention.

Rehearsing is key – practice your response out loud until you feel confident.

Common mistakes to avoid when answering "tell me about yourself"

Navigating through the "tell us about yourself" question in an interview can be tricky, and even the most confident speakers might find themselves stumbling.

To make sure you don’t fall into common traps, here’s a rundown of mistakes to steer clear of:

  • Being too vague or too detailed: You want to hit that sweet spot. Give them the “just right” amount of information to showcase your qualifications without turning it into a monologue. A rule of thumb is to stay in a 1-3 minute range.
  • Turning it into a personal story-time. While it's nice to add a personal touch, this is not the time to delve deep into your personal life. Share a tidbit if it's relevant, but keep the spotlight on your professional self.
  • Forgetting to tie it back to the job. It’s not just about you; it’s about ‘You + Job’. Every skill or experience you mention should be a breadcrumb leading them straight to why you’re perfect for the role.
  • Saying "I don’t know," "ummm," or "sooo". These filler words are conversation killers. Practice makes perfect, and perfect means no unnecessary 'umms' and 'uhhs.'
  • Memorizing a script. Practice, but don’t memorize. If you sound like you're reading off a teleprompter, it’s not a good look. Remember, it’s a conversation, not a performance.

Delivering your answer with confidence is just as important as the content of your answer.

Here's how to nail it:

  • Master your body language. Stand tall and make eye contact. No slouching or fidgeting; show them you're confident and engaged.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Run through your answer multiple times. Use your mirror; it won’t judge you, but it will help you judge yourself.
  • Watch videos. YouTube is your friend. Watch how others do it, and pick up on their confidence-boosting techniques. Here's a great example .
  • Role-play. Grab a buddy and practice. Let them throw curveballs at you so you’re ready for anything.

Remember, the goal is to seem comfortable and in control, even if your stomach is doing somersaults.

Practice in front of a mirror. It might feel a bit awkward, but it’s a tried-and-true method that really helps in presenting yourself clearly and confidently.

Key takeaways: How to answer "tell us about yourself"

Wrapping up our journey on how to answer "tell us about yourself", it’s clear that this common interview opener is more than just a casual question.

It's a strategic opportunity to present yourself as the ideal candidate.

Here’s a quick recap of the structure for your answer:

  • Introduction to your current role and top skills. Clearly state your current position and emphasize the skills that make you excel in your role.
  • Highlight your past achievements. Showcase specific achievements from your past roles, demonstrating your capability and experience.
  • Pin-point something exciting about the job/company. Express genuine enthusiasm for the job or company, highlighting what specifically excites you about the opportunity.
  • Discuss your future career aspirations. Illustrate how this role fits into your broader career plans, showing alignment and long-term interest.

And while you're at it, don’t forget to prepare for other common interview questions like:

  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why did you leave your previous job?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Klara graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. After having written resumes for many of her fellow students, she began writing full-time for Kickresume. Klara is our go-to person for all things related to student or 'no experience resumes'. At the same time, she has written some of the most popular resume advice articles on this blog. Her pieces were featured in multiple CNBC articles. When she's not writing, you'll probably find her chasing dogs or people-watching while sipping on a cup of coffee.

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Pro Tips on How to Write a Maid Of Honor Speech

Y ou can’t write a perfect and flawless maid of honor’s speech hastily on your phone or tablet at the venue. It takes time and practice to make the day for your best girl. Below, you’ll learn how to write a maid of honor speech that will call for a standing ovation.

You’ve been invited as the maid of honor to your best friend’s upcoming wedding, and you’re excited and nervous simultaneously. Let’s face it! Not all of us have a background in performing, acting, or speaking in front of a crowd.

The maid of honor comes with plenty of responsibilities , including drafting and delivering a unique and captivating maid of honor speech. Public speaking is a common fear, and it’s only natural you might feel anxious. In this guide, we’ll look at everything you need to know about how to write a maid of honor speech and make your BFF’s big day special.

Let’s dive in!

When to Start Writing a Maid Of Honor Speech

If you’re unlike most people who procrastinate for too long, give yourself as much time as possible to prepare your speech. It’s advisable to start at least a month before D-day, which may seem too long to draft the brief maid of honor speech. When you’re ready, select a time you feel free and inspired by your friendship with the bride or couple.

You could feel extra fantastic after the bachelorette party after an array of experiences you’d forgotten about, jot them down. Free writing unleashes all the anecdotes and thoughts about your best friend, and you’ll see all the memories and feelings at once.

In such instances, you’ll garner some inspiration from these reflections. Once you’ve outlined all your cherished memories, the next step is understanding the maid of honor speech outline to ensure it flows flawlessly.

Start By Introducing Yourself

The first step is to learn how to start your maid of honor speech. Start introducing yourself and briefly mentioning your relationship with the bride and groom. Next, ensure you thank all those you feel are essential in attendance, depending on the scenario and who contributed to or planned the wedding.

Include the parents, family members, wedding party members, etc. Pat yourself on the back as you already have ready the first two important lines of your maid of honor’s speech!

Talk About the Bride

It’s time to take things to a more personal level! How you met the bride is a familiar story that will tickle the audience. Ensure it’s enticing and appropriate. If not, change gears to a different story that exemplifies your relationship or an instance when your friendship sparked.

If you share a bond over music, dance, or food, you could bring in a time when you both tried and failed a karaoke night or a recipe and embarrassed yourselves. You could have met in a class project as partners, and from there, you became inseparable. Be creative and sentimental and keep the crowd engaged and, if possible, giggling.

Speak About Her Partner

After talking about your girl, it’s always a good idea to mention how you first met her to-be hubby in the maid of honor speech. Remember, you’re the bride’s wingman, but the occasion is about celebrating the two lovebirds. Get creative here and talk of an appealing or embarrassing moment when the two met while maintaining your support and solidarity for their relationship. Always keep a happy face despite how you frankly feel about her partner.

Talk About Them as a Couple

After speaking of how you met the partner, you can now transition to their first dating times as a couple. Remember to be creative, as this works wonders no matter how long you’ve known them. Maybe you were your friend’s roommate and witnessed her smitten and giddy nerves in person.

Explain how she behaved when she first heard the words “I Love You” from her spouse. Did you play a part in encouraging or discouraging her? Be creative and keep the audience engaged.

Keep it Short and Sweet

Always remember that a maid of honor speech should only be two to three minutes long. That’s ample time to tell several stories about the couple and toast to a prosperous future. It’s still a wedding, and some people, especially the little ones, will probably be anxious to start eating or dancing at this point. So, keep it short and sweet.

Ensure you practice your maid of honor speech in advance, and in front of a mirror works wonders. You can also practice in front of your friend, family member, or even your cat as you time yourself to ensure the speech is the correct length. Once you’re confident you’ll kill it, remember to end your speech with a toast. You can follow the old-fashioned and natural route of raising your glass to end your maid of honor speech.

Things to Avoid In a Maid of Honor Speech

There are several topics to elude in your maid of honor speech. You might be carried away and decide to include humor which can go wrong if you’re not careful. Ensure you don’t drink beforehand, even if you want to calm your nerves. Anything more than a drink during the cocktail hour could spell doom. All in all, steer clear of these taboo topics:

  • Inappropriate anecdotes
  • Past relationships or divorces
  • Foul language/Adult humor
  • Long-winded stories
  • Gambling, drugs, and drinking
  • Negativity about marriage
  • Is it a must for the maid of honor to give a speech?

In most instances, a maid of honor should be expected to give the speech, especially if other attendees are planning on giving one. However, this isn’t required as it’s not for everyone. For instance, if you’re anxious in front of a crowd, you could express yourself in other ways, like a dance, song, or a sweet love story presentation about the couple.

2. How long should a maid of honor speech be?

It should take a minimum of three and five minutes since there could be other speeches to give during the meal courses, games, dancing, and extra reception activities.

3. When does the maid of honor give her speech?

If the wedding is traditional and follows the traditional wedding speech honor, the maid of honor is expected to give her speech after the parents of the new couple have given theirs. Sometimes, the couple may have a different setting where the speeches are delivered during the rehearsal dinner. Therefore, checking in with the to-be-weds about the speech order is essential to ascertain your spot in the lineup.  

4. How do I write a maid of honor speech?

Always avoid overcomplicating it and stay true to yourself. Please keep it simple by giving a story, sharing how you know the couple, and toasting the newlyweds.

Writing a maid of honor speech can be both an exciting and anxious experience! However, you’ll need plenty of time and practice to write a flawless speech. By following the above guide, you’ll be sure to deliver a winning maid of honor speech that will make your best friend’s big day fun and memorable.  

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How to deal with mom rage, from a psychologist who experienced it herself

  • Lauren Cook is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist.
  • She experienced mom rage after her son was born in May 2023.
  • She says talking about mom rage is important.

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This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Lauren Cook . It has been edited for length and clarity.

Before I got pregnant , I'd never heard about mom rage . That's surprising since I've spent years as a marriage and family therapist , but it shows just how taboo the topic is. I want to speak out about mom rage to push back on that stigma.

Last year was a big one for me. My son Derek was born in May, and my book, " Generation Anxiety ," was published in September.

Becoming a mother was wonderful, and publishing my book was the highlight of my career so far. But doing both so close together led to a lot of comments and opinions from others about how I should be spending my time. I found myself consumed by rage at unfair and unrealistic expectations that our society has around working motherhood .

One day after the book launch, I called a loved one to celebrate a work accomplishment, they replied "Shouldn't you be home with the baby?"

All the anger I'd felt over the past months came to the surface at that moment. I was speechless, but I stewed on it all day. At 2 a.m., my feelings erupted into a letter that I later posted on Instagram.

I spoke up about my rage that society told me I couldn't be a mom and career woman, rage that I cared what other people thought, rage that I had internalized the shame other people put on me.

Letting the pressure out was cathartic , but I knew I needed to find long-term ways of coping with my anger. It wasn't going to go away entirely because our society isn't changing any time soon.

Here's how I've done it:

Write it down

Words are powerful. I felt better just typing that letter into the "Notes" app on my phone. You don't need a fancy journaling practice , just space to say what society tells you you can't.

See when the anger is coming from

Reflect on what's making you mad. For me, it wasn't my baby, my husband, or my publisher. It was these much larger social issues . Understanding where the anger is coming from can help you process and maybe even resolve it.

Consider sharing

At first, I thought the letter would be just for me, but when I shared it publicly, I was floored by all the responses. It was so validating to speak with other women who felt the same way. Sure, some people (including my parents) said I shouldn't talk about these things publicly, but the support I received was well worth their discomfort.

Know your values

Judgment from others can make you question whether you're doing the right thing. But when you know your core values, you can make sure you're living by those and simply move on from the judgment. For me, sharing and chasing professional dreams is instrumental. I know I'm staying true to myself when I do those things.

Decide what you'll let go

Despite what millennial women have been told, we can't do everything. Trying to can fuel mom rage. So, decide what you're willing to set down for now.

For me, that meant fewer speaking engagements — something I'm finding stressful and overwhelming, even though it's been rewarding in the past. Maybe you decline overtime, stop nursing, or buy store-bought baby food. Know when to say no so you can direct your energy toward what's best for you.

Don't try to make others' lives easier

On the flip side, think about what's most important to you and remember that doing that is never selfish. For me, promoting the book has been so fulfilling. Sometimes, that means more childcare falls on my husband. That doesn't make me a selfish jerk. It's simply the reality of egalitarian parenthood, and it's not my job to always make his life easier.

Practice your scripts

I've been speechless at rude or misguided comments a lot this year. Rather than thinking about what I could have said afterward, I try to plan ahead for future comments.

My go-to response is curiosity. If someone tells me I'm not going to bond with my baby because I'm away, I say "Why do you think that?" This can open a more authentic conversation with loved ones. Of course, you don't always owe a response, and it's OK to shut down rude comments, too.

Take a moment

I've learned moms need time outs, too — just a moment to regroup and get our bearings. I like to physically change the space I'm in to help shift my mindset. A drive, a walk outside, or a trip to the coffee shop can be just the reset I need.

Motherhood is full of seasons, and I suspect that all of them will come with a bit of mom rage. I've realized that learning to navigate anger when it comes up is a skill that will last long past the infant stage.

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