The personal essay is perhaps the most important part of your Ready to Rise application.
To allow applicants some freedom to express themselves in a nontraditional way, you have the option to answer the Essay Questions in one of three ways: traditional essay, video, or an alternative creative medium + short explanation.
For whichever method you choose you should allow time to carefully consider, thoughtfully compose and thoroughly edit your response.
What to Say: Essay Prompts
Ready to Rise seeks to identify resilient and service-minded leaders who want to make their college campuses and their home communities better. Please give brief-but-thoughtful responses to all three of these prompts.
- Tell us about one way in which are you consider yourself resilient. That is, what have you overcome?
- Tell us about one way in which you are service-minded. What’s an example of how you like to help others?
- We believe everyone can exercise leadership skills, under the right conditions. Tell us about one way you show up as a leader.
Please be aware that if you disclose information regarding child abuse, neglect or other harm to minors, reviewers may be required to report this information to the appropriate authorities.
How to Say it
Option 1: Traditional Essay
It is critical that you compose your essay in a separate word processor so you can use spell check and edit carefully. When you have a final product, copy and paste your essay into the online form.
Use plain text only, as no formatting or special characters will be preserved. Insert a blank line between each paragraph. Your response must be no longer than 500 words. This is typically about one page, double-spaced. Use the word count feature of your word processor to check the length, then confirm that the complete essay is pasted into the form.
Option 2: Video
Record and upload a video of yourself responding to the three-part essay question. This can be you talking to the camera, performing spoken word or a song, or another format of your choosing. The video should be approximately 90 seconds in length.
Option 3: Other Medium + written explanation
Upload a JPEG file of a drawing, photo or another medium that speaks to each/all part(s) of the essay question. In addition, a brief (up to 100-word) paragraph explaining how the drawing/photo answers the essay questions for you.