The personal essay is perhaps the most important part of your Ready to Rise application. You should allow time to carefully consider, thoughtfully compose and thoroughly edit your response.
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.
Please be aware that if you disclose information regarding child abuse, neglect or other harm to minors, readers may be required to report this information to the appropriate authorities.
Essay Prompt: Ready to Rise seeks to identify service-minded leaders who want to make their college campuses and their home communities better. This question has two parts: First, describe something that you appreciate and something you would like to change about your current community. Second, how will your college education equip you to bring about the transformation you hope for your community?