Essays

 Juniors can get a head start on their college planning by writing out the following commonly asked for essays in advance. Just remember when answering these questions to be very blunt at first, making sure you answer all of the specific questions that each essay is asking of you. Then, if you have words left over, you can pad your essay a bit. Avoid trying to be funny or cute.

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The following essays should be a maximum of 150 words:

1. Describe examples of your leadership experience in which you have significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time. Consider responsibilities to initiatives taken in or out of school.

2. Describe any of your special interests and how you have developed knowledge in these areas. Give examples of your creativity: the ability to see alternatives; take diverse perspectives; come up with many, varied, or original ideas; or willingness to try new things.

3. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge. Include whether you turned to anyone in facing that challenge, the role that person played, and what you learned about yourself.

4. Explain what you have done to make your community a better place to live. Give examples of specific projects in which you have been involved over time.

5. Describe your experience facing or witnessing discrimination. Tell us how you responded and what you learned from those experiences and how they have prepared you to contribute to the college community.

6. Articulate the goals you have established for yourself and your efforts to accomplish these. Give at least one specific example that demonstrates your work ethic/diligence.

7. How will this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

The essay prompts above have been seen in different wording on OSU, WOU and OSAC applications. All of these essays can be reused under different circumstances, so keep a copy of all that you write.