LieutKaffee wrote:So, my question to those of you discussing the scholarship essays in this thread is: do you have things to talk about such as published academic works, significant criminal law internships, political internships, etc., and HYS-type numbers to back it up? Not that you have to go into detail about your backgrounds here; I'm just wondering if my assumption that I'm too ordinary to submit scholarship essays without being presumptuous is a sound assumption. Alternatively, is it something basically everyone should do just to be thorough?
I had a legit interest in one of them, and think that I am qualified enough (numbers and softs wise) to be at least a contender, though I am sure there are many more qualified people than I. I was just really burned out on writing another essay the first time around, and figuring out how it fits into my personal statement/editing it will be obnoxious when I just want to be done. But meh. Maybe I will still try.
Thanks for chiming in. I have definitely taken what I needed to take from this discussion, which is that no one responded to my inquiry with, "You applied to NYU and didn't write a scholarship essay? WTF are you thinking?" I just wanted to know that it was pretty normal to refrain from doing so.
In contrast, when people ask me about submitting Why essays to schools like Michigan and Duke, I profess my recently-acquired belief that everyone should do it, regardless of whether you are naturally or immediately inspired with a list of compelling factors drawing you to the school. The thought and research that go into the essay demonstrate something important to the school, and anyone can pull it off with the right effort. Furthermore, since so many people do it, omitting the essay seems like a way to set yourself apart in a negative way.
As long as the bolded isn't true re: NYU and scholarship essays, I feel fine. Better than fine actually, as NOT writing the essay in this case was more compatible with both my integrity and my laziness.