Don’t assume the committee knows your subject of interest as well as you do.

You may have deep, intricate knowledge of a particular subject. Maybe it’s current environmental issues, maybe it’s international news, or maybe it’s baseball. You may be tempted to demonstrate your specialized knowledge in a scholarship essay, but be careful. The committee may be old and wise, but they still may not have anywhere near the depth of knowledge that you have on the subject. Don’t run too many circles around the committee with an extremely in-depth essay on an obscure subject that may leave them confused.

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