University of California Personal Insight Question 3
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Section 1

This is where you introduce one talent or skill that has been a part of your life for a long time. Choose something that is relevant to the path you intend to take in either your academic or professional life. 

 

Do: Focus on only one specific talent or skill. Your space is limited. 

Do: Explain how you discovered your talent or skill (one or two sentences.)

Do: Explain one or two ways your talent or skill has grown over time. 

 

Don’t: List a variety of your talents and skills 

Don’t: Write about a talent or skill you have recently discovered

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Your Specific Talent or Skill

Starting Sentence Option 1: My most highly developed skill is [name ONE talent or skill.] I have developed my [talent or skill] over time through [(choose one or more:) extensive practice/participation in projects/continuous study/learning from mentors.]

 

Starting Sentence Option 2: My [o-strong="est/most valued/most developed] [talent/skill] is [name of talent/skill.] Over time, I have improved in this [talent/skill] through [(choose one or more:) extensive practice/participation in projects/continuous study/learning from mentors.]

 

Section 2

How do you demonstrate or apply your talent or skill? Illustrate your mastery by sharing one or two specific examples. This is where you “paint the picture” of how your talent or skill has translated into your life. 

 

Do: Aim for two specific examples of how you have applied or demonstrated your talent/skill. 

Do: Choose examples that prove you have focused on this skill or talent over a long time period. 

 

Don’t: Write a list of times when you have applied your skill or talent.

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Describe how you have Demonstrated your Talent or Skill

I have demonstrated this [talent/skill] in a variety of ways throughout my life. Most notably, I have [briefly describe one specific example of how you have demonstrated your talent/skill.] My [talent/skill] of [name of talent/skill] has added value to [the lives of others/a project/a school/my community] by [briefly describe the impact that your talent/skill added value or impacted others.] Another place my [talent/skill] is evident is in my experience with [briefly describe a specific experience in which you demonstrated your talent/skill.]

 

Section 3

How do you plan to continue your talent or skill in the future? How will it benefit either your academic, professional or personal goals in life? This is where you bridge the past and future of your greatest skill or talent. 

 

Do: Think of ways your talent or skill can be practical in the world.

Do: Look at the “big picture.”

 

Don’t: Continue to explain how you’ve demonstrated your talent.

Don’t: Introduce additional skills or talents you also possess.

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Reflecting on how your Talent or Skill Applies to your Future Goals

Starting Sentence Option 1: My [talent/skill] will be valuable to my future goal of [briefly describe an important future goal relevant to your talent/skill.]

 

Starting Sentence Option 2: In the future, I plan to apply my [talent/skill] to improve [describe something or someone that could benefit from your talent/skill in the future.]

 

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