Dr. Katherine Schmidt WOU Writing Center. SCHOLARSHIP ESSAYS 101. What College Students Say. Recognize Your Task. fact opinion observation response summary analysis. Deciphering Your Professors’ Directions. Biology 101
Document the processes of your lab experiment in a one-page report.
Political Science 101
Consider Merkley’s and Wyden’s work as senators. Who has effected more change and why?
Examine how your past shapes your present: (a) analyze your childhood, and (b) explain how it has shaped you into the adult you are today.
Analyze Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
Describe a challenge or obstacle you faced in the last ten years. What did you learn about yourself from this experience?
writing to learn versus
writing to communicate
Describe a personal accomplishment and the strengths and skills you used to achieve it.
Explain your career aspirations and your educational plan to meet those goals.
Not linear—it’s recursive and messy.
Top swimmers and runners often win by a narrow margin—perhaps by only one tenth of one second. With this in mind, remember that execution of detail can also make or break your scholarship essay score.
mixing up there and their:
could this be a problem for your reader?
what about the following?
I think the experience sucked.The experience challenged me.
Make time for writing. Make time for sharing. Make time for revising.