If you’re applying for a scholarship being offered by a company involved in green technology, for example, talk about what made you develop an interest in environmental issues and things you have done in support of that interest.
If the donor seems to be interested in students who are community-oriented you should use that as a prompt to talk about the volunteer work you’ve been involved in, and what it meant to you.
And he wrote about how people were treating him as they went through the drive through. He called himself an undercover anthropologist, which admittedly was a little nerdy in a Brown sort of way.
But I liked his essay because, I was able to see what he was seeing and feel what he was feeling.
I think students get really caught up in thinking that this essay has to emcompass your entire life and it has to be groundbreaking and, you know, publishable quality.
And that's a lot to ask of a high school student.- I have seen some amazing essays about things like students walking their dog, or even their bus ride to school.- I think our hope is that if a student were to drop the essay on the floor of their high school and someone were to pick it up. That they'd say for sure, oh I know that is so and so's essay, because it speaks so much about your voice and your experiences and your perspective.- The essay is really neat in that it's one of the only places in the application where they have complete control.Where they can write about the things that they've been involved in and things that they've done.You want to talk to the committee members about why you, in particular, are a great fit with what they’re hoping to accomplish by offering the program.Instead of just talking about our traits, which are pretty general and difficult to demonstrate in a brief essay, give examples of things you’ve done.It’s not just asking why YOU deserve the award, it’s asking why you deserve consideration over the other applicants.Trying to find a good answer to that question can often leave students struggling with self-doubt.- I always tell a student, you know, if you had the chance to come meet with the admissions committee and present yourself in person, would you want to do it?And without fail students say, yeah I'd love to have that opportunity. They say because if they were able to get know the admissions committee, the admissions committee would want to admit because they would know them and they would get to know what their about and what makes them unique and special.