Writing an Application: Made Easier
Have you ever stressed out over having an application due for a scholarship or a study abroad program you are dying to do? Well, I have. I have a dozen of tabs open, flipping between the requirements, the program, fees, and other things. Why don’t I make this easier for all of you?
Copy and paste the following into a word document and go through writing all of it down no matter how useless the answer. You can delete anything that doesn’t apply.
If you understand the application and the program better you will write a better application. Plus, it is good to have it all in one place.
Duration of Program:
- Classes required
- Room and Board cost
- Flight cost
- How many?
- Any specific instructions about the letters?
- What does the recommender need to write about?
- Where do they need to send it to?
Transcript required? If so, official transcript?
Where to send it:
Why are you applying to this program?
What skills are required?
What will this program do for you?
What can you as a participant add to this program?
Essays are almost always required in applications and they almost always require you to at a certain word count.Here are steps to make it easier:
- Open a word document, title it, and save it. Auto recovery is awesome if your computer suddenly decides to die.
- Copy and paste the question into the header. This way you can write your essay and have a reminder of what the question is at the top of every page. It also doesn’t add to your word count.
- Write them then walk away. Come back and read them again. Make sure each sentence counts and it should flow.
Do you have documents everywhere on your computer? Can’t find the scholarship or study abroad application?
- Create a folder (right click when you are saving go to ‘new’ and then 'create folder’)
- Label this Study Abroad and Scholarship Applications
- Create another folder for just this one application, label it.
- This where you save the summary sheet, essays, and other information for the program.
- I always save essays with the date so if you apply again you don’t end up getting them mixed up
The Ultimate Goal
Don’t sell yourself short. Use your weaknesses and make them your strengths. For example: I am not politically savvy but I driven to learn and work. I can show this through my improvement in a [insert subject] over the course of a year. Happy Application writing!