2 1/2 to 3 pages in length.
Pick a person, place, or event that is meaningful to you. If you select an event, please keep the time frame as short as possible (i.e. do not cover an entire summer vacation). avoid overly personal/private topics.
Once you have selected your topic, describe the person/place/event in detail and convey why it is meaningful to you. How did it influence you, help you grow as a person, put you on a particular path in life, etc.? Try to write as if you are telling a story—for this paper it is fine to use a casual tone, first person point of view, and contractions.
As you are working through the story, do not spend a lot of time telling your readers that a person/place/event is important. Show your readers why the person/place/event is important to you. Show how it was important by describing how it affected you. Think of it this way: I can simply tell you John is a dishonest man or I can show you he is dishonest by describing how he tricked someone into paying him too much for some work. Showing is a much stronger way of conveying qualities and the impact something can have.
Be aware of your audience. Your readers should be able to learn something from your paper. Perhaps they can apply a lesson learned to their own lives.