Don’t forget what you do out of school.

This is closely related to the above item about family responsibilities, but a little different. Here, we don’t mean taking care of your family or working to do so; rather, we’re talking about outside interests of any kind. Maybe you’re interested in cars or nature or the environment or politics — something they don’t have a particular group for in school (or maybe they do, and you just choose to pursue your interest outside that group). All of this stuff is primo material for a scholarship essay. It shows passion and interest on your part, and not only that, it also shows that you’re motivated enough to go outside the classroom environment to feed this passion. Whatever fuels your personal fire is what you should probably be writing about, and many students forget that when it’s time to write.

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