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Autobiographical essay I have to write an autobiographical essay for my Human service class and the first page has to be briefly about biographical info about me. So what is a good way to start this...

Autobiographical essay

I have to write an autobiographical essay for my Human service class and the first page has to be briefly about biographical info about me. So what is a good way to start this essay off?The first sentence is giving me a lot of trouble.

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It might be a cliche, but you could start by describing the situation into which you were born.  What was going on in the country?  What was your family like?  How did your parents meet?  I would also suggest describing the weather on your birthday ... It was a dark and stormy night .... :)  I consider David Copperfield the perfect model for the beginning of an autobiography ... Whether or not I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, these pages will tell. 

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Another approach to start with might be your first, earliest memory and what that incident says about you, because, presumably, the first memory you have marks some important point in your development or in the expression of your development. Then you could go on from there with the more factual early information.

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Sounds like you've written the piece by now, but I'll chime in for others who might be facing this same challenge.

Combining several of the previous posts, you might start your personal information by explaining, "I've always been shy. The first time I realized this was..." and then tell about an incident in which your shyness played an important role. Depending on experiences after that, your paper could relate how you have become comfortable with your shyness and how you feel it benefits you or you could tell about your efforts to become more outgoing.

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A good start would be to try and identify the main influences that have shaped you and made you into the person that you are today. A good attention-grabber might be to focus on one particular memory or story from your past that was fundamental in setting you on the course that has made you into who you are today. That would be a good and novel way of opening your paper rather than just saying "My name is... and I was born on..." Hope this helps and good luck!

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You know, the first sentence gives many people trouble, and I often advise my students to write their content and then go back to write the introduction.  There are no rules that say you must start at the beginning, and I frequently start my writing somewhere in the...

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afillingame | Student

Thank you all for your advice.. I went with starting it off with my personality which is a very shy personality! And then said some things that help me to warm up and not be as shy.

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