Essay Writing<br />Personal Essays<br />
Essentials of a good Essay<br />A good scholarship essay will<br />Highlight your strengths in an interesting, brief way<b...
Don’t Plagiarize<br />No matter what don’t be tempted to plagiarize.<br />You must write your own essay.<br />If you are f...
Day 1: Brainstorming<br />Begin by making a list of all the important accomplishments you have.<br />Consider<br />Awards<...
Before You Brainstorm<br />Read Purdue's OWL on Personal Essays<br />It offers excellent advice<br />You can use the brain...
Day 2: Sorting <br />Review your brainstorming notes and add to them<br />Sort through your list of accomplishments<br />O...
Day 3 - 4: Rough Draft<br />Review the directions for the essay<br />Begin writing a rough draft<br />Don’t worry about de...
Day 5: Working on the Draft<br />Start to rewrite the draft<br />Make sure you have a compelling introduction.<br />Make s...
Day 6: Rest<br />Ideally, you’ll have one day to just forget the essay and let your brain rest. <br />
Day 7: Edit<br />Look over your essay and check for mistakes.<br />Ask a friend or teacher to review the essay. Often anot...
Remember<br />Many students consider the essay the hardest part of an application. It will stand out and the judges will l...
Assignment<br />Read <br />Answer the questions ---<br />
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  1. 1. Essay Writing<br />Personal Essays<br />
  2. 2. Essentials of a good Essay<br />A good scholarship essay will<br />Highlight your strengths in an interesting, brief way<br />Have a strong introduction<br />Describe at least three reasons why you are a good choice for the scholarship<br />End with a satisfying conclusion<br />
  3. 3. Don’t Plagiarize<br />No matter what don’t be tempted to plagiarize.<br />You must write your own essay.<br />If you are found to copy the essay or have someone write it for you without their name on the essay, you will lose face and that organization won’t be able to trust you or offer you a future scholarship.<br />
  4. 4. Day 1: Brainstorming<br />Begin by making a list of all the important accomplishments you have.<br />Consider<br />Awards<br />Jobs<br />Volunteer work, even one day projects<br />Special school projects<br />Extracurricular activities and leadership roles<br />Skills – languages, technical skills, special expertise or knowledge<br />
  5. 5. Before You Brainstorm<br />Read Purdue's OWL on Personal Essays<br />It offers excellent advice<br />You can use the brainstorming worksheet found xyz.<br />
  6. 6. Day 2: Sorting <br />Review your brainstorming notes and add to them<br />Sort through your list of accomplishments<br />Only mention accomplishments starting with high school<br />Unless you did something exceptional before age 14, it isn’t relevant<br />Note which accomplishments fit this scholarship well <br />A sports achievement may not be that helpful for an academic award – though it could be<br />
  7. 7. Day 3 - 4: Rough Draft<br />Review the directions for the essay<br />Begin writing a rough draft<br />Don’t worry about details like grammar, you will fix those later.<br />Don’t try for perfection, just write. Getting started rather than getting discouraged is essential. Even if you don’t use the ideas in the draft you need to start.<br />
  8. 8. Day 5: Working on the Draft<br />Start to rewrite the draft<br />Make sure you have a compelling introduction.<br />Make sure the body paragraphs are clear and easily understood<br />Include stories in your paragraphs that show your talents and abilities<br />Don’t try to use big words you don’t know well.<br />Conclude by summing up your strengths. Use strong, energetic words. Don’t be apologetic or passive.<br />
  9. 9. Day 6: Rest<br />Ideally, you’ll have one day to just forget the essay and let your brain rest. <br />
  10. 10. Day 7: Edit<br />Look over your essay and check for mistakes.<br />Ask a friend or teacher to review the essay. Often another person’s fresh eyes will notice some weaknesses you’ve overlooked.<br />Correct all errors. Spell check. <br />
  11. 11. Remember<br />Many students consider the essay the hardest part of an application. It will stand out and the judges will learn a lot about you through the essay.<br />However, it is a big mistake to wait till one or two days before you must finish your application. <br />Start early, you won’t regret it.<br />
  12. 12. Assignment<br />Read <br />Answer the questions ---<br />

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