Most people, when they think of competition, they think of a child. They think of their child who is competing in a sport or a school project. As I said earlier, I love competition and I love writing. So this post is going to be about how you can use both to your advantage.
When you are looking at your college essay as well as your applications as an adult student, you might find that it’s not just the same boring admissions essay that was given to you when you were 18 years old and applying for high school like it was yesterday. There’s more! The application process may even consist of some sort of essay prompt where the admissions committee wants something different from what everyone else is giving them! That’s great news for us! This means we can tailor our essays to be specific for each school we apply too in order to stand out from the crowd and gain acceptance. We can also include anything else that makes us unique and gives our application an edge over others! Why should this be scary? It shouldn’t if one takes the time do some research on past applicants’ work and make sure that their own personal statement does not sound exactly like another applicant’s personal statement or contained any similarities with others’ statements before submitting it themselves. Winning is great, but losing isn’t very fun. I know, I’m a college student and we’ve all had to deal with it at some point or another.
This reminds me of my college essay. I wrote about how some of my friends and family members were providing their own children extra help in school so that they would have an advantage over the other students in their classes by getting ahead. This caused me to have a competitive edge on them as well when it came time for us to take our SAT exams because I knew that if I did not do well, then there was a chance someone else could beat me out for the same job or internship. I knew that I would not allow anyone to get the best of me! That’s where I got my competitive edge from. My family and friends’ actions forced me to become a competitive person because it made me want to be better than them, and then it made me want to be better than everyone else.
This is what your essay must do for you if you are an adult student who is applying for college admission. You have to find something that separates you from the rest of the crowd and give them a reason as well as a story behind why they should accept you into their program! What’s even more important is your teaching experience or lack thereof (which I’ll get into in another post). If they can relate with your essay, then they will grant enough points in their decision making process so that they will feel like it was worth their time reading your essay, but also make sure that you are qualified enough both academically and professionally so that if accepted, your professors don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re going to be able ever catch up. Again…that’s just one side of the coin when we’re talking about competition vs writing. There is plenty more I could talk about on this subject alone. For now, let’s move to the next topic.
Another thing to consider is what type of competition you want in your life. Are you looking for a career that will allow you to be successful? What makes success for you? Do you have a dream job in mind or do you just want money so that your family can live comfortably? I’m really not trying to pressure anyone into making their choice on this matter because I am aware of the situation many college students are currently in as well as recent graduates who are still struggling with finding a job and feeling like they need more experience before they can get hired somewhere. The economy sucks right now, and it seems like no one is hiring unless they know someone or they were referred by someone else. It’s terrible! There is definitely hope though! If anyone can find a way out of this mess, then it is recent college grads who still have time on their side! What’s more important than time when we’re talking about competition vs writing? Know thyself, which means know what type of person you are and know how competitive that person truly is when given an opportunity (not all opportunities will be equal). You also must take into account what kind of environment best suits your needs as far as education goes if we’re talking about school vs writing…ahem.
I hope that all of you who read this post will take the time to help me out. I want everyone to be successful and fulfill their dreams in life, but I also want you to remember that not everyone can be a winner all the time. That’s where writing comes in handy if applied correctly because when it is done right, one can become a winner any day of the week or month! Practice makes perfect. You must learn how to use your competitive nature and competitive skillset into your favor whether it’s through writing an essay or applying for admission into college or another educational institution. No matter what you do though, just make sure that you’re putting your best foot forward so that no one else gets a chance at stepping over you and taking what rightfully belongs to you!
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post about competition vs writing as well as my personal story about how I was able to put both into practice when applying for college admission as an adult student. If there are any questions regarding my personal statement, please feel free to ask them below in comments section below this post! Also feel free share any similar experiences with others who may have had similar situations arise throughout their lives! Tell me all about it….I’m sure we’ll all get some good laughs out of it too! Until next time…write on!!