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disagreed on how to communicate, how to organize material, or how to defend an argument? This situation likely has occurred multiple times, but take a moment to identify the occasion(s) where you were the bigger person and led the resolution. What makes you unique? The motivations of this question resemble those of “What will you contribute to this school?” Pick something you feel is unique. Don’t worry if someone else could list a similar skill; they won’t have the same story. Within your story share why your uniqueness will benefit your hopeful school. A story I would often share : I’m an Army Brat, so I travelled often. Moving frequently made me an incredibly adaptable person. I make friendships quickly and I try my best to stay in touch when friendships become long distance. I was fortunate enough to live in South Korea for 4 years, and during my time there I was able to visit the DMZ, and step into North Korea twice. Those opportunities have showed me how important it is to have empathy for others and try my [email protected]
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best to learn more about their culture. I hope I can bring that spirit of empathy and cultural understanding to this university and uphold you values of [insert school’s values] Why do you deserve this scholarship? Interviewers read the applications of and speak with many talented and deserving individuals. Comparing students becomes difficult and your answer to this question can make their job easier. Consider the following response: “Throughout my academic career I’ve always tried my best to pay it forward. For example, I had a dedicated Chemistry instructor and paid her quality instruction forward by tutoring a later student of hers. My youth council advisor was a wonderful mentor throughout high school and I paid it forward by interning with her last summer. If you were to invest this scholarship in me I guarantee I’ll pay it forward. I’ll use the incredible privilege of financial liberty to continue community service and embody the values of this scholarship.” Tell me about a mistake you made. Everyone makes mistakes. Be candid and vulnerable. This doesn’t have to be an academic mistake. In fact, a non-academic mistake will make for a more compelling story. Include the lesson you learned. Mistakes that make for interesting stories: Wrong answer when your school’s quiz bowl team was tied. Going off course during a race. Car accident or near miss. Forgetting important supplies for an event. Neglecting to follow up with a guest speaker. Sending an embarrassing email. Talent show mishap. [email protected]
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Tell me about a personal achievement that makes you proud. The most compelling stories are emotional. To start, consider the achievements on your resume. Which was the most challenging to accomplish? These type of achievements demonstrate your perseverance, your commitment to working through your weaknesses, and ultimately your growth as an individual.
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