The Power of Community: Answering Greenlight Scholars Essay #2
by Carol Barash, PhD, on Oct 7, 2016 6:08:41 PM
A college is a community of diverse individuals. What is your ideal of community? What communities do you come from? How have those communities shaped and supported you and how have you shaped and supported those communities? What do you uniquely bring to your college community?
The community essay is an opportunity to show what community means to you, how you make a difference in your community today, and how you plan to get involved in your college community.
What is your ideal community?
Paint a detailed picture. Include your hopes and dreams. Perhaps you are remembering a specific moment from a community that shaped you. Or perhaps you want to create a vision of what you want your next community to be. What are you doing? Who else is there? What are the commitments and shared rituals that bring people together in your ideal community?
What communities do you come from? How have those communities shaped and supported you and how have you shaped and supported those communities?
Most people are shaped by multiple communities. What are the communities that have shaped you, and how have they shaped you? How do you participate in those communities? What communities do you relate to or engage with because you have similar experiences?
What do you uniquely bring to your college community?
Often it’s hard to see what it is that makes ourselves unique. So ask your friends and family questions like: What can you count on me for? Can you help me remember times when I made a difference in the community? How did I make a difference?
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