Hello! I have drafted my four essays for a Chevening Scholarship. I would appreciate your feedback. I have changed some details with X, Y, and Z and other letters. Thank you in advance! 1 at a time please.
Hard Work and Collaboration1. Chevening is looking for individuals who will be future leaders or influencers in their home countries. Explain how you meet this requirement, using clear examples of your own leadership and influencing skills to support your answer.
To begin with, I have changed schools four times and even the university due to relocation. Every time I moved to another city, I needed to prove my worth in a new social and academic environment.
As one of the top performing students at school and at the university I believe to have been one of the "positive" role models for my peers.
I still remember the time how the school changed my vision and at that time I have felt my leadership skills first. For example, I often organized sessions for my classmates for preparation to exams and managed concert programs. Also, at X National University, I was a Commander of a platoon at Military chair service, Vice-president of English Debates Club at X State University, Leader of the university team at the Law Olympiad. I have also actively participated in conferences, roundtables and academic competitions.
At my first year at the university, I volunteered as a tutor for 7th grade freshmen at a boarding school in X. I was responsible for supervision of their preparation to classes, providing assistance at the dormitory, organizing various leisure activities and for sure this experience enhanced my leadership skills at early stage. This experience allowed me to develop active listening, counselling, stress management skills as well and made me a more responsible person.
When elected as a Vice-President of the Debates club, I ran a promotion campaign to attract new members as the club had only few at the time. We engaged around ten debaters, prepared them for X city mayor's cup, and got the championship and the third place.
Moreover, at T company, though my position does not involve team management, I have learnt a lot from my previous and current manager on effective communication and constructive criticism.
When I came up with an idea of organizing weekly knowledge-sharing sessions within the team my manager liked the idea a lot and supported me.
I was the leader of the internal cooperation team during a major client audit. I managed to make everybody understand what was required from their end and ensured the deadlines were met to address client needs. The work of the team was recognized by the management at audit closure.
Moreover, I have a genuine passion for law and I am proud to be lawyer.
Further, I plan to establish a Fund for Promotion of Legal Education. The mission of the Fund would be provision of financial aid to prospective students willing to pursue a degree in Law and organization of legal writing competitions. I started a Youtube channel recently to promote civil society values.
I have recently completed a course on Inclusive Leadership.
In conclusion, my experience made me understand it is more a matter of hard work, effective communication and collaboration that make a good leader of a person, rather than inherent qualities. I am sure Chevening will allow me to develop my leadership further and connect with future leaders from other countries.