One of the most important parts of a college application is the personal statement, a one_ to two_ paragraph description of anything relating to you and your application. Sometimes, personal statements are optional; other times, they take the place of essays. Regardless of whether they're required or not, you should always take advantage of the opportunity to construct a well thought_out description of why you'd make a great addition to the incoming class.
When you are sifting through the vast amount of sample you will have access to, be sure that you are looking for samples that will pertain to you and your personal situation. Once you find sample personal statements that you think have helpful information you can print them out and highlight any areas that you feel may help you when you set out to write your own statement. It is also a good idea to take notes as you go along.