Concentrate on Your Opening Paragraph

Keep in mind when composing your statement that the lead or opening paragraph is generally the most important. It is here that you grab the reader's attention—or lose it. Once you figure out this first paragraph, the remainder of the essay should be less problematic because you will have a framework for what you're going to say. If there's drama to your statement, it will be introduced in the opening paragraph so that the reader is eager to continue. If you're telling some sort of story, you'll use this first paragraph to introduce the elements most relevant to that story—and the ones that will hold greatest interest for the reader.

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