Best Very Short Essays

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Please select from the following short essay sets: Georgetown Short Essay Set | Duke Short Essay Set | Dartmouth Short Essay Set | Harvard Short Essay Set Note: The following essays were not edited by Essay Edge Editors.

I believe, through the study of international relations, I can effectively satisfy my curiosity in these fields.

A third factor which has affected my interest in international relations is patriotism.

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.The sample essay by a neuroscience student opens with narrative technique, telling an affecting story about working in a lab at the University of Pittsburgh.Thus we are introduced to one of the motivating forces behind her interest in neuroscience.Below is a pdf link to personal statements and application essays representing strong efforts by students applying for both undergraduate and graduate opportunities.These ten essays have one thing in common: They were all written by students under the constraint of the essay being 1-2 pages due to the target program’s explicit instructions.Despite their different areas of research specialization within the same field, both writers demonstrate a good deal of scientific fluency and kinship with their target programs.The short essay by a geography student applying to an internship program opens with the writer admitting that she previously had a limited view of geography, then describing how a course changed her way of thinking so that she came to understand geography as a “balance of physical, social, and cultural studies.” Despite her limited experience, she shows that she has aspirations of joining the Peace Corps or obtaining a law degree, and her final paragraph links her interests directly to the internship program to which she is applying.In such circumstances, writers must attend carefully to the essay prompt (sometimes as simple as “Write a one-page summary of your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study”) and recognize that evaluators tend to judge these essays on the same fundamental principles, as follows: Good writers accomplish these tasks by immediately establishing each paragraph’s topic and maintaining paragraph unity, by using concrete, personal examples to demonstrate their points, and by not prolonging the ending of the essay needlessly.Also, good writers study the target opportunity as carefully as they can, seeking to become an “insider,” perhaps even communicating with a professor they would like to work with at the target program, and tailoring the material accordingly so that evaluators can gauge the sincerity of their interest In the pdf link below, the first two one-page statements written by students in the geological sciences are interesting to compare to each other.With my father and two of my brothers in the Saudi Foreign Service, I have grown up under the shadow of inter-national affairs.Second, I am fascinated by history, economics, and diplomacy.

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