Overview: An autobiographical essay is your story. Eventually, as a college or scholarship applicant, you will need to distinguish yourself from the pool of applicants as to why you are deserving of being offered college admission or a scholarship. When students have comparable grades, test scores, leadership, and community service, the defining factor may be the student’s story--the obstacles they have overcome, the challenges they have experienced, and the dreams and aspirations they hold for their future.
I share my story in, “Follow Your Dreams: Lessons That I Learned in School.” The book about my life shares how I was given up for adoption before I was six months old; the encouragement I received from my adoptive parents while growing up in an urban Chicago community plagued by drugs, violence, gangs, and hopelessness; and my determination to pursue a future beyond mental and physical boundaries.
Through your story, you may discover a chapter, event, or experience, which may eventually become the focal point of a college or scholarship essay. Through this activity you are encouraged to reflect on your life and to write about your life, without regard to word count.