Ultimately, you should try to choose to write about a failure based more on the lessons you learned from it than the failure itself. The second is harder to discuss because you’re ashamed about it: you weren’t there for a friend when they needed you, and consequently, you ruined a friendship.
As you are deciding which failure to discuss, look for overlap in your notes.
Since we obviously cannot do that verbally with you here, we’ll do the next best thing: provide you with the brainstorming prompts we would give you in a consultation.
Below, you’ll find these—try to come up with at least some response to each one.
Brainstorming is a great way to ease into starting an essay, because it can be as casual as you want.
Sit down with a fresh notepad (or new Word document) and start jotting down some notes.
In the drafting phase of the personal essay, your job is to simply get words on the page. If you feel yourself drifting off topic, reread the question to remind yourself what you need to be answering. In this phase you will be shaping and re-working what you’ve already done.
Luckily, since you already have words on the page to work with, this need not be so daunting.
If making mistakes is part of the journey to ultimate success, it is perfectly reasonable for you to still be in the process of reaching your goal, and speak about the process you’ve made towards your goal instead of a final result.
The first step to writing any good personal essay is to put some serious thought into what you will write, and the best way to do this is to force yourself to come up with a handful of possible essay topics.