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'hard work pays off' - Prompt for College JumpStart Application

astupart08 1 / -  
Aug 7, 2012   #1
Personal Statement
Please answer ONE of the following questions in 250 words or less.

(1) What are your educational goals?
(2) How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals?
(3) Write about a time when "hard work" paid off.

Your personal statement will be judged on its content not your writing style. Please focus on the substance of your answer. And remember the words of Thomas Jefferson who said, "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." Good luck!

I am a firm believer that hard work does in fact pay off. The light at the end of the tunnel may be out, but once you keep up the drive and determination to finish your tasks, that light will remain on. Emerson College in Boston, Ma, was offering two scholarships to individuals for the Creative Writing Pre-College Studio Session during the summer of 2012. At first I didn't want to apply because I knew that due to there being over one-hundred also applying, the chances of me getting this scholarship were slim to none. It cost a little over $2,000 and I didn't really want to burden my parents with that bundle. Later on, my mom convinced me to not worry about the numbers and just apply. So I did. For this program, I had to write a statement of purpose, one page essay, have two teacher recommendations, one prose of either fiction or nonfiction, two to four poems, and a mixed same of fiction and poetry. I need to have all of this by July 8th, 2012 and at the time; it was almost near the end of June. I began thinking to myself, how am going to get all this done. I think that my hard work paid off in this situation because I was one of the individuals that won the summer scholarship. I was driven with full force and made sure the light in my tunnel stayed on.

maryk_4263 1 / 2  
Aug 7, 2012   #2
I think this is excellent. Your analogy about the tunnel was a nice touch.

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