Written during a height of US involvement in Iraq, this essay manages the intriguing challenge of how a member of the military can make an effective case for on-line graduate study. The obvious need here, especially for an Air Force pilot of seven years, is to keep the focus on academic interests rather than, say, battle successes and the number of missions flown. An additional challenge is to use military experience and vocabulary in a way that is not obscure nor off-putting to academic selection committee members. To address these challenges, this writer intertwines his literacy in matters both military and academic, keeping focus on applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), his chosen field of graduate study.
Reading sample college application essays are also an excellent way to understand the structure of an admission essay. Many essays written in college prep classes emphasize scholarly format in writing, which avoids pronouns, personal experience, and is structured along a quote-commentary-commentary format. This structure is not applicable to a college admission essay, which is based on just the opposite (personal experience being the crux). Well-done samples provide an education in format. It becomes easier to properly arrange your own argument after getting an approximation about how other people are talking about themselves.
How to write a graduate college application essay
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