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Writing a College or Scholarship Essa

Introductory Opening paragraph - about why you are applying to this college or scholarship and what your goals are.  The most important role of the essay is to give a sense of your personality and what kind of addition you'd be to  society in general. Are you inquisitive? Ambitious? Caring? These kinds of qualities will have a profound impact on your college experience.  Admissions officers want to understand what is important to you and how your background has shaped you as a person.

Paragraph One - Goals of what you want to do for a future career. What are you goals for college, in life and how to you wish to accomplish them.  This type of prompt asks about what you want to do in the future: sometimes simply what you'd like to study, sometimes longer term career goals.

Paragraph Two - Accomplishments - what have you accomplished? Music, sports, etc.  Grade Point.  Jobs you have held and what that taught you. Skills you have gained including people skills. Volunteer work you have done. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.  Include the church and Don Bosco School volunteer activities you have participated in as a school also.

Paragraph Three - What type of person are you? Caring, helping society, respectful of people.  brief overview of who you are, your strengths and any work experience and/or education you've got. Be sure to include skills you've gained, such as time management, customer service, teamwork, computer skills etc.

Paragraph Three - Challenges - what challenges have you had to face?  For some students, the essay is also a chance to explain factors affecting their high school record. Challenges you may have faced. 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?

Paragraph Four -  Commitment - explain how committed you are to achieving your goals and what this means to you.  Colleges want to understand what you're interested in and how you plan to work towards your goals.

Summary paragraph - summarize and connect to your opening paragraph ideas.