The section of this Website gives an idea of how these better-known elements fit into the context of Capone's life and times. exposes them and gives an idea of what truth (if any) lies behind them. details those who played significant parts in the story, with an idea of their function and relationship with Capone. gives you a sampling of things Capone is known to have said (plus one often-cited "quote" that, in fact, Capone almost surely never did say!) and a few of the things said about him by contemporaries. spells out the extraordinary grip that Capone still has on our national consciousness and imagination. details that follys origin and effect. gives particulars.
Your extended essay will beassessed in part according to the extent to which the essay appropriatelyaddresses and develops the specific research question.
Some applicants may ramble on about themselves in a manner that may appear self-indulgent and not very appealing to the committee. Remember, this is an application essay, not an autobiography. Conversely, some applicants tend to say too little, perhaps hesitating to promote themselves too explicitly or not knowing what about themselves would be interesting to people whom they don't know. In such cases, perhaps focusing more on what you want to do than on what you have already done (let your record speak for itself) may help in getting beyond self-inhibition.
Write the first draft from this, then try to find an angle or a hook which can sink into the admissions committee; a good place to start is with an original and provoking opening paragraph. One of the worst things you can do with your personal statement is to bore the admissions committee, yet that is exactly what most applicants do. Admissions committees see thousands of "I have always wanted to be a..." opening paragraphs, so a good way to make the essay more interesting is to write about an anecdote or memorable incident that led you to choose the particular profession. This can help add drama, vitality, and originality to the statement. It is important, however, that the anecdote is related to the questions asked and not just a retelling of a catchy life drama.
However for all essaysthe body be evaluated based on 1) your approach to the research question, 2)your analysis and interpretation of evidence, including critical analysis andevaluation of sources, and 3) your own argument and evaluation of thisargument.