So I am applying to be freshman director of my school's key club and we are required to write an essay of about a page long. We have to include the usual..why you want to be freshman director, what qualifies you, and previous experiences. I really want to make my essay stand out because there's TONS of other freshmen applying. General tips on these types of essays?
Well for the actual content of the essay talk about stuff that you've done...community service, work, membership in other clubs. You can start with kind of a laundry list of what you've done, then talk about what qualities you've gained from those experiences, and the positive influences you've had on others. Then you can talk about school and how you love your school and are devoted to helping it. Key Club is about community service isn't it? You can talk about the importance of a community/high school relationship and how it's important that you leaven the generational gap to create a functional society. I wrote an essay just like this and am now the president of my school's Interact Club, a community service club. Good luck!
Wow thank you so much, dreamingawake! D Yes, Key Club is all about community service. What should my essay start out like? Should I start with a hook/lead, or can I dive straight in to the actual content?
If you really want to stand out I would avoid saying "I have done this and this, have shown leadership and this and that, and therefore I am amazing, etc." Because everyone does this. Really. Anyone can just list some things and say that they are great. Show that you have a deeper sense of leadership by taking control of your own faults - instead of going on about your achievements, mention some of your flaws. Mention how you truly wish to one day overcome these flaws. This also instills a sense of humility in your essay. Also showing a deep interest in Key Club could show whoever reviews your essay that you're inclined to work for the benefit of Key Club and not just your college app.
mistervert- I was thinking about that the other day. It's only club admins who review the essay; mostly juniors & seniors. Do you think they'll be able to read that deep into my essay if I did happen to write it as you said?
I didn't realize that. But I guess it depends on how...ahh...sophisticated? your admins are. But chances are this is still a good route to take.
I don't recommend just outlining how you need to improve and how you are flawed because you still want yourself to positively stand out. I'm just saying how modesty and the desire to improve is a good way to do this.
Hey! it's so good to see freshmen trying to get involved in key club early!
In my whole Key Club career, nothing peeved me more than kids in a officer position who didn't do anything. Show them that you have a heart for CARING AND SERVICE. That is what Key Club is about. It's not about having another resume padder or making your future college apps look good. Key Club literally took over my life and I loved every second of it. but you really have to keep in mind that this is a commitment to time and effort.
Like mistervert, I wouldn't recommend outlining your flaws. No board member wants to read that you have a problem with say... procrastination. Instead, you should be willing to pick up even other people's slack and actively pursuing board/club/divisional/district/etc goals.
Good luck! It is really a lot of fun, and if you get through the work, you'll be so rewarded. (:
Thank you so much everyone! I was thinking of focusing on my commitment to rhythmic gymnastics (I've been a competitive rhythmic gymnast for almost 10 years now; 16 hours a week practices). Opinions? Should I mainly focus on this, or should I just mention it? I'm also thinking of a way to weave some of my faults into it..