7 May 2012

For your last essay,
your personal statement

 

–1000 words or less!

–your personal statement . . .

 

 

Provide detailed answers to the
following questions. Your answers to all questions should total approximately
1,000 words.

 

a.

What are your career goals?
How will the work you are completing in your intended major help you to achieve
these goals? How will this work enable you to help others?

 

b.

In what extra-curricular or
volunteer experiences do you participate? How do your extra-curricular and volunteer
activities relate to your values and your career goals?

 

c.

What special traits or
characteristics make you a good candidate for an internal scholarship?

 

 

 

 

QC Office of
Scholarships

 

http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Honors/scholarships/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

QC Study Abroad
Scholarship application

http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Honors/scholarships/Documents/study%20abroad%20application%20form.pdf

 

QC Internal
Scholarship application

http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Honors/scholarships/Documents/Internal%20Scholarship%20Application%20Form.pdf

 

 

Free-write:

 

Please describe a time you failed at school . . . what did
you learn from the experience?

 

 

Audience:

People at the QC
Honors Office (administrators)
: female/40s/college grad, possibly some grad
school; white; middle-class

 

Donors of the
scholarship
: male/30s/college grad, no Master’s degree; Hispanic; wealthy

 

Professors:
male/30s/Ph.D./middle-class

 

Argument: I am the best candidate for this scholarship . . .
because . . .

 

Ethos: ethics

 

 

Pathos: emotion

 

 

Logos: logic

 

 

a.

What are your career goals?
How will the work you are completing in your intended major help you to achieve
these goals? How will this work enable you to help others?

 

–Some advice: choose a career
that interests you, but don’t feel you have to follow this plan . . .

–Think about your major . . .
(or classes you are or have taken at QC), how they relate to this career . . .
make sure you use some VOCAB from your major . . .

 

 

b.

In what extra-curricular or
volunteer experiences do you participate? How do your extra-curricular and
volunteer activities relate to your values and your career goals?

 

c.

What special traits or
characteristics make you a good candidate for an internal scholarship?

 

 

 

 

 

 

For your “Portfolio” project

 

 

 

 

 

a.

What are your career goals?
How will the work you are completing in your intended major help you to achieve
these goals? How will this work enable you to help others?

 

Jean: wants to be a writer
(novels), so Jean is an English major. What classes is Jean taking that will
make her a better writer; Jean has only taken 1 English class (Prof Alvarez)/
If you haven’t taken many classes in your major, look in the course listings
for courses you look forward to taking in the future.

 

Jean might say,

 

My goal to become a novelist is reaffirmed by the
English courses I look forward to taking in the next few semesters. Amy Wan’s
200 W “Writing About Writing” and Maaza Mengiste’s
210 W Introduction to Creative
Writing will teach me some of the basics about organizing plots, character
development, and depicting realistic scenes in writing. Professor Wan’s most
recent book, Writing Protests has
inspired me to work hard on my writing skills so I can become a successful
novelist.

 

 

 

 

b.

In what extra-curricular or
volunteer experiences do you participate? How do your extra-curricular and
volunteer activities relate to your values and your career goals?

 

Problem: Jean doesn’t have any
activities . . . what can we include for activities?

 

Club: leadership skills,
officers . . .

Boy/Girl Scouts

 

Volunteering: could be with an
established organization, Red Cross or something like that

Library . . .
Hospital

 

Anything you do to contribute to your community,
either through an organization or not

 

 

How do you connect your
volunteer experience to your career goals (or what if your volunteer experience
doesn’t relate directly)?

 

–think of a different
volunteer experience that may have some relevance

–think of skills (be flexible
about these) and how certain qualities relate to qualities within your career

communication/leadership/responsibility/

 

Jobs: waitress/waiter/editor of
her school newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

c.

What special traits or
characteristics make you a good candidate for an internal scholarship?

 

Traits

 

Responsibility

For getting
classes complete, getting good grades, for doing homework

 

Discipline

Focus,
sacrifice for education

 

Consistent

Not going
to give up; always trying to do my best

Major:
Spanish

 

Why is it good to multilingual

How could it help you in life or your career?

–know more about other cultures (member of more than one
culture)

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