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Unformatted text preview: GEAR Up Waco www.gearupwaco.org The 5-Step Personal Essay Writing Guide: "Community Service" Community service is a great topic for college admission and scholarship essays. Both colleges and scholarship organizations love to read how you are involved in your school or neighborhood. They want to see that you do more than study and look for students with a variety of experiences, skills and interests. When writing keep in mind that it is important to not only share how youve been involved with community service but also what kind of impact youve made. STEP 1: Think Before You Write Before you begin writing, answer at least three of the following questions to fi gure out what to share in your essay: 1. Which community service activity has meant the most to you? __________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 2. When and how did you fi rst get involved with this activity? _____________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 3. Who have you helped, and in what way, through your community service? _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 4. What types of skills have you used or developed through your community service? _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 5. How has your community service experience made you think differently about others or yourself? _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 6. How has your community service infl uenced your plans for college or work in the future? _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Which of the above questions was the easiest to answer? _______________________________ Which question gets you started on the best stories you can tell? __________________________ Choose one to two main points to use in STEP 2 of this worksheet. Also, weave in some of your other great answers and stories into your essay in STEP 3 . STEP 2: Start Your Essay with a Clear Focus...
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