4 Steps to an Effective Scholarship Essay
Typically speaking, the scholarship essays which students turn in are, well, to put it mildly, not that good. I'm going to generalize, but you should know this. They're typically boring, underdeveloped without sufficient details, and very unpersuasive. Remember, the scholarship essay is a piece of persuasion. The people reviewing your essay will be going through a bunch of applications, and you need to distinguish yourself. You need to make the reader care. You might be saying to yourself, “I’m not the best writer” and “There are certainly better writers out there.” You might be right but that doesn’t mean that you can’t win the scholarship and it doesn’t mean you can’t write a more persuasive scholarship essay even though your sentences might not be as perfect and pretty as the next person. How to be persuasive? Be real. Adopt a voice which is true to who you are. Does this mean that you should lapse into swear words and misspellings? No, of course not, but be truthful and real in your essay. It might be helpful to do a little freewriting to create material easily and rapidly for your essay. What is freewriting?
Freewriting means writing privately and writing without stopping. Just write whatever words come to your mind or whatever you want to explore at this moment. Don’t worry about whether your writing is any good or even whether it makes sense. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar. If you can’t think of the word you want, just put in a squiggle. Keep on writing and see what comes. Changing topics is fine. Follow your mind or the words wherever they want to go. If you run out of something to say, just write "I have nothing to say," or write about how you feel at the moment, or keep repeating the last word or the last sentence. Or write swear words. More will come. Don’t worry about trying to write fast and capture everything that comes to mind. The main thing in freewriting is trusting yourself and...
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