Eagle Life Purpose Statement
John HoffmanI began my scouting experience in the Cub scouts, joining Pack 156 infourth grade. While being active in cub scouts (attending most of themeetings and participating in outings), I played for the Junior Titanfootball team. My team went undefeated and won the championshipfor the league. As a cub scout, I earned the Arrow of Light award.I crossed into Troop 156 in fifth grade with my best friends. My firstcampout was to the Warren Dunes, and since then, few campouts havestood out to me as much as that one. The experience confirmed mylove for scouting, and I worked assiduously at campouts and atmeetings to advance through the scouting ranks. I became a Den Chief for my old pack, Pack 156, and earned the Den Chief Service Award formy participation. I loved the job and the lessons that I was able toteach the younger cub scouts.As a scout in Troop 156, I went to Makajawan three times, twice for aone week session and once for a two week session. There, also, Iworked hard to advance through the scout ranks and earn meritbadges, earning the trailblazer award for my productivity. During mylast camp session, I successfully completed the Triathalon.I have held numerous leadership positions in other institutions while ascout. At church, I became more and more involved in my youth groupuntil, now, I am on the youth leadership team which is in charge of planning and suggesting events, setting examples for other kids in theyouth group, and being available to counsel and lead other youth. AtAttea Middle School, I received the Citizen of the Year award in seventhgrade, Scholar of the Year Award in eighth grade, and was student of the month twice. I used the ideals of scouting, and the scouting spiritto develop my leadership skills.Scouting has contributed to my spiritual growth, because the ideals of scouting and the ideals of my Christian faith are very similar. I find thatbeing a Christian is natural for me because of my belief in the scoutingideals.Scouting has influenced my personal life in the same way. Whetherholding the door open for people, helping someone carry something, orhelping kids with their homework, the scout law has always resonatedwith my persona and aided the development of virtues. I find thatscouting and the leadership which it develops has made me a moresecure and confident person.
Hi, I'm working on my common app college essay and I need some help with my ideas. I'm a Boy Scout right now, and in November I will finish my project and receive my Eagle Scout rank, but it's hard for me to fully flush out what it has changed about me. The experience of being a scout has changed me profoundly and made me a better person, but is it too generic? I'm applying the Northwestern University by the way. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
well, i think you could write down some specific examples about how the boyscout experience reshaped ur personality and changed ur value system.
Also, google what quality of students that university need and illustrate related experience to meet that need.
g'd luck anyway!
Perhaps this is just my style of writing, but I have NEVER gone by the book. Honestly, I would avoid (at all costs) using Boy Scouts as a way to dicuss leadership. Try to stay away from "Participating in Boy Scouts has instilled within me leadership skills..." Any college admissions reader can finish that essay without even reading the rest of it.
If you want to stand out, relax. So many of us applying try to impress colleges with what we think they want to hear. I actually disagree with Richard (^)... don't Google anything. Chances are, other students are doing the same.
I wish I could help with specifics, but something I gleaned from one of my college advisor's infamous diatribes: Colleges don't care what you write about. They care about the voice you use. A good writer can turn ANY topic into something interesting, just as bad writer can turn any dramatic topic into something awful.
When beginning your essay, start in the MIDDLE of the situation. Never start by restating the question they are asking you. Personally, I never directly answer the question or repeat aspects of it. It seems a little too cookie-cutter for me.
Let me know how it goes!! I wish I could be more help! I'm sorry. );
@Lovemedoosie just read your reply and it was actually helpful for me too. thats great advice :) I tried avoiding the same old topics and experimented with a silly topic. its the essay I wrote for UNC. if you have time, could you please take a look and comment?
I'm on it. :) We're actually applying to some of the same schools!
@polaris, when you're done with your essay, post it!! I'd actually love to read it and see how it turns out!
I know how you feel, I've been a Boy Scout my whole life, and its hard for me to imagine how it has shaped me because I can't imagine my life without it.
I think the best of doing an essay about the Boy Scouts is to pick One memory that stands out to you and write about that. For instance in my application I'm writing about how the BSA taught me to lead by talking about the first major leadership position I held ( an awful, awful day).
But please post the essay when your done I'd love to read it.
You can write how it changed you and how you percieve it may help other youths from getting involved in the darker parts of life i.e. gangs, drugs. You can elaborate on how it helped you get through some hard times during your life, or what path you would have taken in life had you never joined the scouts.
Thanks for the ideas, I'm currently working on the Boy Scout essay right now, but I have another topic I'm considering. It goes along with what you said about using any topic, even a silly one. I have this theory that I'm the only person that exists, not to be egotistical, I just thought it was interesting how everything could be a projection of my mind. I've thought a lot about it and I don't think many people can say they have. What do you think?
That sounds like a really good idea :) I know what you're talking about. Except I feel as if I'm in a video game and someone is controlling everything? Anyway. That's irrelevant. I think that would be a really interesting topic, and definitely something college admissions don't run into often.
I'd love to see it! Good luck! :)