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How To Write The Perfect Personal Statement

Download our new eBook to read 14 successful essays by Crimson students who got into the Ivy League, Duke, USC, NYU, UCLA, and more!

What Do Successful Students Write About?

Our eBook contains 14 successful statements written by Crimson students accepted to top universities. Here’s just a taste of the topics they covered:

Growing up a “Boat Baby”

This successful Yale applicant wrote about growing up on a river boat in London, where it was more “commonplace to know a pirate than a banker.” 

Friday Family Congress TED Talks

This Columbia admit wrote about growing up in a multigenerational and multicultural household and how his family’s Friday night ritual of discussion inspired his desire to learn.

Fear and confidence

This USC admit wrote about how he went from someone who felt that they had no value in the world, due to my irrational fear of being humiliated, to someone who believed in their worth to the world. 

Day Designer Obsession

In this colourful statement, this Vanderbilt admit explored her obsessions with day planners and how her discovery of colorful post-it notes changed her perspective on adapting to change.

Day Designer Obsession

In this colourful statement, this Vanderbilt admit explored her obsessions with day planners and how her discovery of colourful post-it notes changed her perspective on adapting to change.

The Billionaire

This King’s College London Business and Management admit explored how the biographical film “The Billionaire” incited her interest in identifying unique market opportunities.

Friday Family Congress TED Talks

This Columbia admit wrote about growing up in a multigenerational and multicultural household and how his family’s Friday night ritual of discussion inspired his desire to learn.

The Human Body — A Feat Of Engineering

Observing inequality in South Africa, this student was admitted to study medicine at the University of Exeter after writing this personal statement on equality, empathy and understanding.

What you need to know about the Personal Statement

In college applications, the personal statement holds a unique degree of importance. Top essays will offer a window into the student’s character and personality - offering admissions officers a view of the student they may eventually admit. The statement brings to life the grades and accomplishments that color the rest of the application. 

Why Are Crimson

What are you going to find in this ebook

By bringing together some of our best students' essays, from different places and backgrounds, we want to provide both inspiration and a template for future students seeking to provide colleges a powerful statement about who they are. At Crimson, we are constantly amazed by the essays we read every year, the thoughtfulness of our students, and the power of their words. 

Crimson’s work with students is centered on the premise of individual attention and taking real time to support each applicant in preparing the perfect personal statement for them. 

Our essay mentors work with their students closely for eight or more months to produce the best personal statements possible. They help each student showcase their academic rigour and explore their unique personal voice.

Our eBook contains successful essays from Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Duke admits and more 

Read statements written by admits to Cambridge Economics, Oxford Philosophy and more

From flipping burgers to building an IKEA bookshelf - read how each student explored their personal voice

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World-Class Universities

Go behind the scenes at some of the top universities in the world to gain an insight into campus life and to explore the possibilities for your own future.

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World-Class Universities

Go behind the scenes at some of the top universities in the world to gain an insight into campus life and to explore the possibilities for your own future.

  • Imperial College London
  • University College London
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Meet Some of Crimson’s Essay Experts

From Harvard to Oxford...our essay mentors have studied at some of the best universities in the world.

Gabe Gladstein

Gabe graduated Magna Cum Laude in Government (with a focus in the study of ethics in war and Chinese politics) from Harvard University in 2017, and in 2018 graduated with a Master’s degree in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

2018 Judging Panel
CRIMSON EDUCATION CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education. Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained acceptance into all of them. Jamie was named 2016 Young Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Counil. This year Jamie featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 - Consumer Tech.

Hear it from Crimson Students

The words of brilliant Crimson students who achieved their dreams working with us

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“My essay mentor supported me along this journey by giving me advice on the countless drafts that I drew up. Through the many iterations, my personal statement became much clearer, and I became confident that my efforts would be effective.”

Emma T. 

University of Cambridge
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“My essay mentor, Lincoln, was unbelievably good at helping me brainstorm. He helped me realise the different avenues I could consider, before narrowing down on what would work best. The process was really efficient but also really inspiring. Thanks to Lincoln, I produced a statement I was really proud to submit.”

Don K.

University of Chicago, Class of 2023

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“When I first started writing, I was very nervous about my ideas. I wasn't sure if anything was interesting or good enough. But my Crimson essay mentor Emily gave me confidence and made me see how the essay could actually be a very enjoyable piece to write.”

Lina C.
Harvard University, Class of 2023
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