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You have been hired to advise a member of Congress or a state legislator (you can choose which one, but you should pick one) about the issues that affect Americans aged 18-26. You have been asked to identify one legal, political, or policy issue that will resonate with this group of Americans and recommend a policy proposal that he or she should support and promote. Explain the issue, explain why the elected official should highlight it, and propose a specific original policy solution. Provide support for your proposed solution. Your proposal should not simply be to support another individual’s already created policy.
Why are you interested in American University?
AU Honors students are distinguished by their sense of intellectual curiosity, both inside and outside of the classroom. Tell us what you are most curious about, and how that curiosity has influenced your life thus far.
What aspect of the AU Honors Program piques your interest the most?
Reflect on who, or what, has had the greatest influence on your world view.
In your view, what is the greatest challenge facing humanity today and how do you envision yourself being part of the solution?
Describe a situation in which you had to work harder than you expected. When and how did you know that your current efforts were not enough? How did you adjust?
The Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program is an intensive course of study in which students from diverse backgrounds live and learn together. Describe a specific project, course, or other experience that required you to work with others toward a shared goal or to resolve conflict and build consensus. How did you contribute to accomplishing the goal or resolving conflict? How did you engage with others? How has this experience prepared you for the PPL program? Be specific.
Discuss a Public Health issue of local, national, international, or personal importance to you. Explain why it is important to you and describe how you envision impacting this issue?
Why do you want to join a 3-year degree program? What skills and insight do you hope to acquire through this experience?
The Sakura Scholars program requires students to study in both the United States and Japan, learn the Japanese language, focus on regional topics in East Asia and the Pacific, and complete a capstone for the joint bachelor’s degree in Global International Relations. Why are you interested in this program? What are your personal and/or professional goals and how will this program help you to reach them?
In this joint degree program, you will gain first-hand comparative international experience as you spend two years at American University and two years at Ritsumeikan University. Think of a time when you faced a challenge or found yourself in an unexpected situation. Explain what happened, what you learned, and how this experience might help you adapt to different intercultural situations, and work through future challenges as a Sakura Scholar.
Strong CBRS students are collaborative, empathetic, and dedicated to making a difference. Share one or two examples of experiences in your life that demonstrate at least two of these qualities. How have they prepared you to participate in the CBRS program?
Identify and describe one challenge faced by a group of people in your local community. How could your participation in CBRS help prepare you to contribute to local efforts to address this issue?
Describe a time when you chose to get outside of your comfort zone. What motivated you to make this decision? How could you use what you learned about yourself from this experience in the future?
Discuss a significant issue in your home country about which you are passionate and describe how you would use the education you obtain at our institution, American University (AU), Washington, DC, to create positive civic and social change once you return home.
Discuss your current involvement in community service projects and volunteer activities. Describe what you have learned about yourself as a result of these activities.
Describe an obstacle or challenge you have faced in your life. How have you overcome this challenge and grown from this experience?
The AU Diplomats are a diverse group of current AU international students and US Global Nomads who have been selected by the AU Admissions team to form and maintain connections with new and prospective American University (AU) students, and to represent AU to the international community. Our Emerging Global Leader Scholar is expected to play an impactful role in the work of our AU Diplomats group. What outreach, communication, and/or intake strategies would you employ to inform and welcome new and prospective students to American University, Washington, DC?
What are the characteristics of leadership that you most admire? Who is a leader that exemplifies those qualities, and why?
AU’s Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars are talented, academically motivated students who are passionate in their interests and set the example for excellence at AU. Please tell us how you are uniquely qualified for this role.
This scholarship models its values in the legacy of Frederick Douglass--social reformer, orator, freedom fighter. Could you explain how your future goals align with the ideals of Frederick Douglass?
Please describe a meaningful experience you have had or a challenge you‘ve faced in your life. How has this experience or challenge shaped who and/or what you stand for?
The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don‘t feel obligated to do so.
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you‘ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.