3 years ago
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How would I approach this scholarship essay question? (1000 words max)

Please incorporate the following topics into the content of your essay:

1. How will your course of study contribute to your future career plans, and why have you chosen this path?

2. Tell us about a time you failed and what you learned from the experience.

3. Many people have influenced and mentored you throughout your young life. Describe the person who has impacted your life the most and how it has changed you.


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2 answers

3 years ago[edited]

This certainly seems like a very diverse set of topics to cover in one essay! If you have a single story or progression of experiences that connects these all, that would be ideal. It appears that the committee is looking for a cohesive story of what led you to becoming who you are and who you want to become.

For instance, if you're interested in aerospace engineering, you could talk about how that interest developed through your engineering teacher, a time you failed in engineering, what that failure taught you, and what you hope to accomplish.

Hope this helps, and let us know if you have more questions! Feel free to use our Peer Essay Review tool too once you have a draft :)

3 years ago

I think that you should make answer these questions in paragraphs. For the first one, I would suggest that you look back at all of the things that you learned and how it helped you be where you are today. How will it have a positive impact on your future. And then of course, explain why you chose to take this path. For the second question, this is a reflective moment to think. It can be at school, home, extra curricular activities, or even in your community. Everybody messes up so I think that you should reflect before you start writing about the second question. For the last question, it can be anybody, it can be your parents, teachers,grand-parents, or even siblings. I think that you should do a rough draft and then ask for it to be reviewed by a peer. Then once you get your review back, then you can start your final draft. So basically do an outline of how you want to answer and write about in your essay. At the end, I think that your essay is gonna to be amazing to read!!! Hope I answered your questions:)

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