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Unformatted text preview: Personal Statement Guidelines Uses Caada's scholarship Outside scholarships 4 year school Transfer applications Know the Requirements Deadline date: March 2, 2009, 4:00 pm Application form College transcript(s) of all college work Unoffical transcript accepted Personal statement Typed, double-spaced, maximum of 2 pages Letter of recommendation Caada instructor or counselor 1 original and 3 copies Know Y our Eligibility Caada's: Minimum GPA of 2.0 Completed at least 12 units by June, 2009 First semester students should also include high school grades, or other college transcripts. Brainstorm Know Your Goal Career/major questions to consider: When did you first become interested in this major and what have you learned about it-and yourself-that makes you feel suited for it? How did you learn about this major (classes, friends, reading, work, other experiences)? Why might you be stronger, more successful and effective with this major than others? Brainstorm Career/major questions to consider: Do you have any personal characteristics Integrity Compassion Persistence that would make you successful in your field? Is there a way to demonstrate or document that you have these characteristics? Brainstorm Personal questions to consider: What's special, unique, or impressive about you or your life story? What details of your life sets you apart from others? If you have worked, how has it contributed to your personal growth? Are their gaps or discrepancies in your academic record that you should explain (great grades, grade improvement, time off from Brainstorm Personal Information: Did you overcome any obstacles or hardships (economic, familial, etc.) in your life? Do you possess special skills in: Leadership Communication Analyzing What's the most compelling reason for the committee to be interested in you? Writing Your Statement Develop an outline first 3 or 4 main points Discuss academic & career goals early Include all information asked for Good introduction and conclusion Writing Your Statement Introductory Paragraph If answering a question, that's your angle (outside scholarships) If it's a general statement, try writing about: An event A passion A person A place Writing Your Statement Introductory paragraph Begin with an attention-grabbing lead: An anecdote Quote Question Engaging description of a scene Don't begin: "I was born in...," or "My parents came from..." Writing Your Statement Tips: Be specific, using concrete details, not vague statements. Don't say: "I enjoy working with people..." or "I am highly motivated." Be straightforward and honest Stick to the facts and don't embellish Don't be TOO honest or controversial Don't include every award, club, or honor you received. Highlight those that speak to your field. Write Y our Statement Tips: Use a confident, not arrogant tone. Don't try to impress with your vocabulary. Don't try make us feel sorry for you. Use active, not passive verbs. (wrote, not was written; helped, not was helped) Gentle humor is OK, but don't aim to be funny. Before You Submit Revise your essay until it's right. Make sure you've followed specifications: font, margins, word count, etc. Proofread, proofread, proofread. Have many people critique your essay. Run it by several of your favorite professors. Visit the Transfer, Career, or Tutorial Submit your essay on time. Submit to more than one college or scholarship committee http://fastweb.com Good luck! ...
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