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Top 50 Personal Essay Topics

You might be set a personal essay as a criterion for your admission to college or it might be set at any time during your academic career. A personal essay is essentially a form of self-expression. It draws on other essay formats – like a narrative essay – but of all academic assignments it is the loosest and least dogmatic. It can be more prosaic than other more technical formats demand. Whatever form, at its core is the presentation of your experience or emotions. It is a time when you can find your muse and really express yourself in the written word.

  1. I went to college to say thank you to my parents
  2. How being bullied made me the person I am today
  3. William Blake is the poet I most admire
  4. My spirit of adventure
  5. How I propose to spend the long vacation
  6. Why I am taking a gap year
  7. What the “art of conversation” means to me
  8. Why I left Facebook
  9. I want to be able to drink legally before I’m 21
  10. How being in a band helped my leadership skills
  11. Why I chose a career in the medical field (or any other field)
  12. My first experience as a babysitter
  13. Becoming an older sister (or brother)
  14. I will be a lifelong learner
  15. My father (mother) is my hero
  16. Life skills I learned in college
  17. Why I love the Golden Age of Hollywood
  18. Chocolate is my comfort food
  19. The reasons I keep a food diary
  20. The bravest thing I have ever done
  21. The one thing I would change about the world
  22. I will never forget the day that …
  23. The advice I would give to a new high school student
  24. My siblings and childhood
  25. How I would spend $1 million
  26. The place I would most like to live
  27. The proudest moment of my life so far
  28. Did I feel pressured into going to college?
  29. Why I joined an online dating site
  30. I wish I had looked after my teeth
  31. The things I learned from my grandmother (father)
  32. I’m proud to be a Millennial
  33. The way I deal with my allergies
  34. Why opera moves me so much
  35. My love of Shakespeare
  36. I will never prefer eBooks over printed books
  37. Why pole dancing is my favorite form of exercise
  38. I wasn’t allowed a pet as a child. Today I have 5 pets.
  39. Why marine pollution breaks my heart
  40. I took a gap year but wish I had traveled more
  41. Why I plant a new tree every year
  42. I do not use social media
  43. I wish my mother had taught me to cook
  44. Visiting museums has taught me a great deal
  45. Monet and Van Gogh are my favorite artists
  46. An eclectic music taste makes me interesting
  47. I want to enter local politics in my 40s
  48. It’s time I learned to appreciate my Irish roots
  49. There was a time when …
  50. If I ruled the world …

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Contributor photo Lona Glenn
Los Angeles
Lona graduated from Los Angeles City College. While being a lecturer in several high school institutions Lona founded an online educational project Tutorsclass.Read more
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Davis, CA
I studied education and currently work as a tutor for school-age children. I've worked as a volunteer in many different international social projects and as a camp counselor every summer.Read more

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