Sga Application Essays

 

Bryn Mawr College Application Essay Prompt

 

The Bryn Mawr Honor Code and Self-Government Association (SGA) affirm the importance of our academic and social communities. In your response please reflect on how you see the Honor Code and/or SGA shaping your experience at Bryn Mawr.

 

This classic type of essay prompt essentially asks the applicant to respond in terms of how she sees her Bryn Mawr experience coming to fruition. You should take note of the emphasis that the prompt places on the Honor Code and the Self-Government Association — two documents that have been specifically crafted to establish the campus culture at Bryn Mawr.

 

In order to successfully respond to this prompt, you should closely read through the documents and make an effort to understand the impact they have on student life; and more importantly, the specificimpact they would have on your life. Links to the reads (Honor Code and SGA Constitution) are available, and every applicant should digest them prior to developing her response, so as to set a mental framework about how to create the best possible response.







A quick glance through the Honor Code details Bryn Mawr’s intention of creating an environment in which every student can reach her maximum potential, all the while maintaining integrity and respect for one another, as well as creating a strong bond between members of the college community. It highlights the importance of gaining perspective through not only academic learning, but also through exposure to students of various backgrounds.

 

As you develop your thoughts, it would be wise to include any experiences that relate to your interaction with various communities in the past, whether similar or different from what you are used to.

 

This could include an experience in which you spent a spring break in an American city rebuilding homes, and you stayed with a local family; stayed at a local community college’s dorm one summer as part of academic camp and had to talk about upcoming global issues with students of diverse backgrounds; or even your experiences as a contributor to a media outlet (news, publication, etc.) in which pitched ideas are constantly challenged because different people must agree on what ideas to pursue.

 

Whatever experience you choose to write about, you should try to point out your response to being confronted with ideologies foreign to you. Moreover, a strong essay might include how exposure to a community challenged you, and more importantly, how you benefited from it. Then, explain how your thinking and approach to life has changed as a result of your interaction with the academic/social community.

 

Your finished essay should not be focused on either the Bryn Mawr institution itself or the Honor Code/SGA Constitution, since admissions officers are already fully aware of whatever praises and facts you may offer them. Rather, it should present an analysis of how your goals align with the academic and community-oriented support system that Bryn Mawr has established for its students.

 

Whether you have decided to invest your time studying the humanities while playing a sport, or if the sciences combined with playing the violin are your calling, your interests and aspirations — as they are particularto you — should shine through in your essay. Basically, the goals you mention should reflect how much in-depth thought you have given to your own personal development, and why Bryn Mawr is the perfect catalyst for your personal advancement.

 

These admissions officers might question any admissions essay that lacks either uniqueness or demonstration of some high-level introspection. By combining your specific goals with an understanding of how Bryn Mawr will bolster your efforts to achieve those goals, you will create a more competitive essay. As always, when writing this essay, responses should be specific and not easily replicable by other applicants.

 

This does not mean that you need to have your future plans clearly outlined in great detail; rather, this means that you should have an idea of your current situation and what you think you need in order to succeed. Remember that many students can have a similar goal at first glance, but the success in college admissions comes when you effectively present your story — which includes the emotions, motivations, and method of achieving your dreams. This is where you can individualize your essay.

 

For example, an applicant may start by writing about how as a competitive person with high-reaching goals, she seeks to take advantage of various opportunities at Bryn Mawr College. She might then go on to explain how these goals relate to and tie in with the strong community so heavily elaborated in the Honor Code. For this example, a key component of this response might make note of the inherently competitive nature of such a tight-knit community, and how as a competitive person, such an environment  gives her the perfect opportunity to better herself.

 

This prompt gives you creative license in interpreting the principles set forth in the Honor Code and SGA Constitution, and how they relate to your ambitions at Bryn Mawr College. As always, you should take advantage of this creative freedom, as long as the goals you describe are within the scope of reason. It is important to strike a balance between being ambitious, and yet remaining grounded enough to be realistic about what college can offer a developing scholar. Be sure to share your essay with a reliable reader (or several!) before submitting it in order to get an idea of how effective your finished product is.

 

These tips should give you a basic understanding of what you need to create an excellent Bryn Mawr admissions essay. Our team at CollegeVine wishes you the best of luck in your writing!

 

If you still feel like you could use some more help writing your essay, feel free to reach out to our CollegeVine admissions specialists or just submit your essay to us so one of our consultants can review it before you submit.






Fall 2017 Scholarships are now available!

SGA has your financial future covered! The SGA Scholarship committee meets to create new and diversified scholarships which are then released and available for all UCF students to apply for.

All of SGA’s scholarships are now offered through UCF’s A2O Portal, a new central location for UCF scholarships. For more scholarships, be sure to check out the Office of Student Financial Assistance’s Scholarships page.

Apply for Scholarships on UCF’s A2O Scholarship Portal

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at UCF
2. Must have minimum Cumulative UCF Institution GPA of 2.75
3. Must have involvement in a minimum of two different Registered Student Organizations
4. Please attach two letters of verification from Faculty/Staff advisors of involvement in campus activities on official letterhead
5. Must provide listing of campus and community service activities within the last 2 years.
6. Must attach an essay up to 500 words reflecting on your involvement within the organizations
AWARDS: $250.00 (32 Awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT \ COLLEGE OF MEDICINE GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be enrolled in the College of Medicine
2. Must be in good standing with the College of Medicine
3. Must attach two letters of recommendation on official letterhead
4. Must provide resume of campus and community service activities (include dates)
5. Attach an essay up to 500 words detailing your goals for after medical school and how the UCF
College of Medicine is preparing you for your future endeavors
AWARDS: $3,000 (6 Awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT CREATIVE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours undergraduate or 3 hours graduate at UCF
2. Must have minimum Cumulative UCF Institution GPA of 2.25
3. Must have a child currently enrolled in the UCF Creative School
4. Please provide verification of costs from Creative School on official UCF letterhead
AWARDS: $500.00 (8 Awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT PATRIOT SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours undergraduate or 3 hours graduate at UCF
2. Must have minimum Cumulative UCF Institution GPA of 2.50
3. Must be a member of armed services ROTC for a minimum of 2 years, currently enlisted for a minimum of two years or a Veteran. Preference is given to Veterans.
4. Please attach two letters of recommendation on official letterhead
5. Please provide proof of veteran status by attaching a copy of your DD214 verifying honorable discharge, or proof of active duty or 2 years involvement in ROTC
6. Must provide resume (include dates)
7. Must attach an essay up to 500 words reflecting on military experience
AWARDS: $1000.00 (2 Awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ROSA PARKS COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours undergraduate or 3 hours graduate at UCF
2. Must have minimum Cumulative UCF Institution GPA of 2.75
3. Must have completed at least 50 hours of community service in the last academic year
4. Please attach a letter of reference from a community service organization to confirm your community service and specifying the number of hours served. All letters of reference must be completed on official letterhead
5. Please attach an essay up to 500 words reflecting on what you learned from your community service
AWARDS: $250.00 (10 Awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ROSEN SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours undergraduate or 3 hours graduate at UCF
2. Must have a declared major within the Rosen College of Hospitality Management
3. Must have minimum Cumulative UCF Institution GPA of 3.00
4. Must demonstrate involvement on campus or in the community
5. Must have taken at least 60 undergraduate credit hours or 15 graduate credit hours at UCF
6. Must attach one letter of recommendation on official letterhead
7. Must provide listing of campus and community service activities within the last 2 years.
8. Must attach an essay up to 500 words reflecting on your goals within the hospitality industry
AWARDS: $500.00 (6 Awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours undergraduate or 3 hours graduate at UCF
2. Must have minimum Cumulative UCF Institution GPA of 2.25 for undergraduates or 3.00 for graduates
3. Must be a single parent with custody of minor children
4. Preference will be given to those that demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
5. Must attach one letter of recommendation on official letterhead from a UCF faculty member
6. Must attach an essay up to 500 words explain how you will benefit from receiving this award
7. Must provide documentation of single parent status (Birth certificate, Custody papers)
AWARDS: $1,000.00 (20 Awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT WALTER KOMANSKI SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at UCF
2. Must have minimum Cumulative UCF Institution GPA of 3.00
3. Must hold a minimum of two executive leadership roles on campus
4. Must attach two letters of recommendation on official letterhead
5. Must provide a listing of campus activities within the last 2 years.
6. Must attach an essay of up to 500 words reflecting on your leadership experience on campus at UCF
AWARDS: $1.500.00 (6 Awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT TUTOR SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at UCF
2. Must have minimum Cumulative UCF Institution GPA of 3.00
3. Must have been an official UCF tutor for an on campus office or department within last academic year (Including but not limited to SARC, SOAR, SI, ASSA, Math Lab, or Writing Center)
4. Must provide a letter of verification on official UCF letterhead from campus office or department which tutoring took place, within the last academic year.
5. Must provide a resume (include dates)
6. Must have successfully completed at least 30 undergraduate or 12 graduate credit hours
7. Must attach an essay 250-500 words reflecting on your experience as a tutor
AWARDS: $250.00 (10 Awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT EXTREME LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at UCF
2. Must have minimum Cumulative UCF Institution GPA of 3.00
3. Must have successfully completed at least 60 undergraduate or 15 graduate credit hours at UCF
4. Must demonstrate a minimum of two leadership roles held either at UCF or in the community during collegiate experience
5. Must provide at least two letters of verification on official letterhead
6. Must attach a listing of campus and community service activities within the last 2 years.
7. Must provide two references for service activities (Contact information needed for both on campus and off campus activities)
8. Must attach an essay of up to 500 words expanding upon your extreme leadership roles at UCF or in the community.
AWARDS: $750.00 (10 Awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT TRANSFER INVOLVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be a full-time degree seeking student at UCF
2. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
3. Must have an active membership or leadership position in clubs, athletics, intramural sports, or other registered student organizations at UCF
4. Must attach one letter of recommendation from an officer or faculty advisor that verifies involvement in a club, athletics, intermural sports or other registered organizations at UCF
5. Must provide a statement of 250 words or less stating how your involvement at UCF has enhanced your experience and how you plan to continue to be involved at UCF
6. Must attach an updated resume
7. Must have a minimum of 30 credit hours at previous institution
8. Must have transferred to UCF within the last academic year.
AWARD(S): $250 (8 Awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT SECOND CHANCE SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be a full time undergraduate student at UCF
2. Must have under a GPA of 3.0
3. Must have a job, internship or provide proof of any other extenuating circumstances.
4. Please attach one letter of verification on official letterhead from a supervisor or from a UCF faculty member
5. Must provide listing of campus and community service activities within the last 2 years.
6. Please attach an essay of up to 500 words reflecting on why you are currently in your academic situation and the steps you are taking to improve you academic standing
AWARD(S): $500 (10 awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be a full time undergraduate student at UCF
2. Must have a GPA of 2.75
3. Must have a job, internship or campus involvement
4. Please attach one letter of verification on official letterhead from a UCF faculty or staff member
5. Please attach an essay of up to 250 words reflecting on how your experience as an international student at UCF enriches your academic experience
AWARD(S): $500 (10 awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

STUDENT GOVERNMENT GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP
1. Must be a full time graduate student at UCF
2. Must have a GPA of 3.00
3. Must have a job, internship or campus involvement
4. Please attach one letter of verification on official letterhead from a UCF faculty or staff member
5. Please attach an essay of up to 250 words reflecting on how your experience as an international student at UCF enriches your academic experience
AWARD(S): $500 (10 awards)
DEADLINE: December 3, 2017

 

For more information please contact the Scholarship Committee Chair Kyler Gray at sga_scholarship@ucf.edu.

 

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