Use action words.

I’m borrowing here from our forthcoming sister site,, because the advice applies to the scholarship application process just as much as the job-hunting process. When describing the things you’ve done, use as many strong action verbs as you can. Don’t say that you just “went” somewhere, “signed up” for something or “participated” in an event. Say you spearheaded, collaborated, created, organized, mobilized, delegated, supervised, led, etc. Strong action verbs speak loudly! They conjure up images of busy men and women doing a lot of work, and that’s what you want the committee to think of when they think about you: a hard worker, buzzing with activity and leading the people around him/her to create. Use those action verbs, and those are the images you’ll create in the minds of the judges.

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