“We want to know what students do with their free time, what makes them tick outside of work, and whether they’ve demonstrated the ability to work with and help others.”*
Questions to Ask Yourself
What details of your life (personal or family history, genuine accomplishments, people or events that influenced your goals) might help set you apart from other applicants?
Questions to Ask Yourself
When did you become interested in this field and what have you since learned about it – and about yourself?
How have you learned about this field?
Can you demonstrate personal characteristics that would help you become a success in this field?
Which of these examples would be appropriate for the essay on professional and personal plans?
I’ve always wanted to go to America, so if I go it will be a very good thing.
I am going to be a teacher.
I think that when I come home from America I will know many things.
There are many aspects of education methodology that I can learn in America that are still unknown in Kyrgyzstan. I plan to apply these new methodologies to my own future profession of teaching English in Kyrgyzstan.
Which of these examples would be appropriate for the essay on leadership?
I am a good leader.
I want to be a leader after I finish university.
When I was young, I always told my little sister what to do.
During my first year of university, I had the opportunity to be the vice-president of the ecology club.
What was unique about your experience at school, what teacher affected you the most and why did you participate in the ecology club and what did the club do, and what did you value about working on the UNDP project?
“In America, I will be able to learn about the American economics system, which is the best in the world.”
“When I was working with a journalist from the US last year, I began to understand that the forces influencing the American economy are quite different from what we are taught in textbooks.”
Application readers want to see concrete examples of what separates your experience from that of others. Don’t generalize.
“Kazakhstan is facing many difficulties since its independence in 1991 such as poverty, corruption, and economic crisis.”
“The issue of rural poverty is the most pressing for Kazakhstan, as the country’s villages suffer from a lack of job opportunities. Consequently, many young educated people have been forced to seek work in the cities, and often in shuttle trade.”
Make an outline first
Structure your essay to show you are able to organize your thoughts
The main part of the essay should be paragraphs that support only the topic you introduced.
Use many examples.
Explain your thoughts clearly.
Make an Outline First: Conclusion
Finish the essay with a conclusion paragraph.
The conclusion should remind the reader of the topic and the supporting evidence.
The conclusion should be memorable.
“I live in Almaty. Most people think I am a good person. My family is quite close. My father is a lawyer and my mother works in a theater. I am also a good student.”
“Lawyers have played an important role during three important moments in my family’s life and impressed upon me the significance of what they do. Before I describe those events, though, I must provide you with the context of the unusual circumstances under which I grew up.”