Make sure your essay reveals your personal brand the other thing that I’ll point out the other aspect of a strong leadership essay is that it differentiates you from other strong applicants with very similar profiles admissions people can only take ten to fifteen perhaps twenty percent so if you’ve got you know 20 20 applicants you know ten percent of ideas are going to take to write two to four they’re going to say no to about 16 people fixing of which ten of them are great right so why should they say yes to you it’s making sure that you’ve written essays particularly in leadership essays or showcase your leadership in a way that allows you to differentiate yourself from other people who are still coming for a similar profile and that’s what we specialize it in X part is.
So it’s not just let’s get into writing your essay but everything from the branding to figuring out like you know how are you compared to someone else with similar profile and things like that then the next thing is you need to also strong leadership as they have to be able to showcase the kind of leader that you are okay I talked about this in earlier and then finally what this ultimately does is it allows admissions people to have a really good sense that you know the candidate that you’re looking at is a good firm fit for them it confirms for them this person is a fit they would we would love them here and they would love being here so that’s very very important okay bad leadership essays they have these elements to them they are just basically a regurgitation of one’s resume it’s overly ambitious people just try to applicants try to pack in everything as if admissions people didn’t see other aspects of the application you know for the try to cover too much sometimes it’s you know they fall into this mistake they tend to go down like they just bragging let the recommenders brag for you okay.
And then finally the you know bad leadership essays tend to be very achievement focused as opposed to show in the sort of the achievement okay so I just want to make sure I share this with you guys and then I actually want to share some examples right like what are all the topics you know cuz I get this question a lot when I do webinars I talk to applicants you know a lot of times applause strong with okay what’s a good topic what should I write about well you can write about your sports leadership right and again it doesn’t have to be captain of the tennis club you know tennis team it could be like your role in helping your team overcome you know losing like their best player something like the experience of you know I kind of bring in a team together what’s that about how did you get involved what idea did you come up with you know you can write about academic leadership.
We are going to be talking about literacy narratives and the organization of essays essays structuring the things that we were supposed to go around Tuesday so literacy narratives as you can see here is it’s a story dealing with your history with reading writing communication and language we’ve talked about this in class a little bit on our first day and you read some examples of literacy narratives but today we’re going to go over it a little bit more in depth and to give you some ideas of what I’m looking for with your rough draft and your essay as a whole so some ways these are some ideas to help you choose a topic well we talked about it and you can see in the examples kind of what you know what other people did you can think of any early memory you had thinking of learning how to read and write. Check out great narrative essay examples at Edusson.
When you were young perhaps something stuck out to you then or maybe even earlier maybe in your high school experience or something like that maybe your parents had an active role in teaching you how to read and write and thinking about different things like that that goes right into someone who taught you like who was important teaching you these different skills and maybe it’s not specifically reading and writing maybe you’re the language you were working with is the language of music maybe I don’t know this might be stretched but the language of food or something else some different way to communicate just thinking about communication so people who are influential to you maybe a book or text of importance maybe you had if a favorite story that you like to hear when you were a kid maybe you had were assigned this in high school and you really enjoyed it and for some reason that is something that really stuck out to you maybe you want to talk about that maybe any event at school that happened maybe a spelling bee of some sort any sort of major event that had to do with reading and writing that you can remember.
Also to go along with that or reading and writing assignment something that you really enjoyed that that kind of helped you see reading and writing into a different light may be thinking about your current attitude about reading and writing how you got there why you think you you feel this way about reading and writing and just learning different forms of communication and another way to do that it’s kind of looking at of mementos um maybe you had a notebook or diary as a form of communication with yourself and kind of what the difference between this personal form of communication with the other different types of communication so thinking about different things like that can help you generate some ideas of what you want to talk about in this literacy narrative this next slide is talking about generating ideas to kind of help shape your essay a little bit more and this kind of goes along with the prewriting night.