Editor’s Note: If you have this hunch that just one, amazing, polished essay can make-or-break your chances for college admission or needed scholarships, you’re right.
Essays are a big deal, not to be rushed or scuttled in your haste to send an application in. This series provides a college essay sample and tips on writing a strong piece. This is the first of three posts about writing great college essays.
Want to know what winning scholarship essays look like?
Take a look at this college essay sample from Paul Hastings, who won $1,000 through Get Educated’s scholarships for nontraditional students.
Paul is 22 years old. That’s a normal age for college, but he’s a nontraditional student.
For one, the Texas native will be attending school at Thomas Edison State College, a New Jersey school, fully online this fall.
He also works full-time, has traveled the world, is an active blogger, and was home-schooled his whole life.
He is keenly aware that his peer group is fully comprised of traditional brick-and-mortar college-enrolled students, and he honed in on that in his essay to illustrate just why he’s so different.