I am applying for a scholarship and I need help in writing a bit of the essay.How do you feel your chosen school's program will help you reach your goals? Also must include: -  Summary of your...

I am applying for a scholarship and I need help in writing a bit of the essay.

How do you feel your chosen school's program will help you reach your goals?

Also must include:

-  Summary of your goals.
-  Your plan to achieve your goals.
-  How you see your chosen school's program helping you to reach your goals.

(The program I am applying for is bcom.)

Thank you kindly

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I actually think the list of required things to include in this essay present a pretty workable outline for you.  It sounds like you are struggling most with what to write about.  Fortunately, as a scholarship application essay, only you can write this.  It is, afterall, very personal.  And trust me when I say that the best college application essays are the ones that stick out because they are so personal, rather than sounding formatted, cliche, or like you are only writing what you think they want to hear.

With those things in mind, brainstorm.

Make lists under each of the above headings that are both very real, and very personal.  In my mind, the "summary of your goals" could viably be accomplished in one sentence.  Use that, but go into a short story about why you have this goal.

Also, the plan to achieve your goals, at this point, might be very rudimentary.  You are at the very beginning of your journey afterall.  Admit any doubts or questions you have in this plan.  Admit things you know you don't yet know.  The application judging pannel wants to "meet" you in this essay and see your humanity.  Be as authentic as possible.

Finally, from the goal to your plan, they want to see how their university or program is the one that will help you accomplish your goals.  This is an opportunity to say why you want to be accepted into their program.  So, why do you like this program so much?  Be honest.  Include details that caught your attention that maybe seem insignificant.  I caution you not to just list the things that are listed in the program's "brochure" as far as statistics and bragging points go.  Most other students are going to use that information.  Think of the details about the program that are unique and personally appealing to you, and then tell why.

Good luck.

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