Most students will have to write a self-portrait essay at least once in their school career. However, this can be a rather intimidating paper to write. While you do know yourself better than anybody else, it is still nearly impossible to figure out what to write. Fortunately, if you know the following tips, writing your paper will be a breeze.
Before you even consider your topic, take a moment to be alone with yourself. Go to an environment with no distractions, close your eyes, and breathe deeply for a few moments. Once you have reached a state of calm, think about your personality, the goals that you have in life, and who and what is near and dear to your heart. Once you have thought of something that appeals to you, branch out. For example, if you struggle with anxiety, you may think of the people close to you and how hard you try to form friendships (and have succeeded) despite your anxiety. This would go on to be your thesis statement, which you would reflect on throughout your entire paper.
In order for you to catch your reader’s attention, you must introduce yourself in a way that sparks interest. While you should include basic information like who you live with or what you look like, you should not do this as if you were answering questions. Instead of telling readers that you are 16, state that you moved to the area 2 years ago when you were 14. Also, as an alternative to describing your physical attributes, you may be able to include a picture.
In order to keep your essay in line with the typical guidelines expected from a self-portrait paper, use the body to explain 2-3 major events in your life that reflect the ideas in your thesis. Using the same example about overcoming anxiety to create friendships, you could write about three of your friends and how you reached out to them. Keep the events brief, but not so brief that they do not reflect your thesis.
Keep the above hints in mind as you compose your self-portrait essay. It may seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be!