For the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about how I will write my personal statement. After lots of research, I have found a naturally recurring pattern in “accepted essays,” or essays that are regarded as very strong, and it is that it follows this narrative pattern of:
Hook/Introduction to Topic
Effects on me
What I did about it
Hook/Introduction to Topic/Theme of essay
How my activity 1 reflects this theme
How my activity 2 reflects this theme
My question: does using this generic structure make the essay sound cliche and boring? Should I spend time trying to come up with some unique format, or does the outline/format not matter, and only the content matters?