Written Responses

Applicants are required to respond to the following five writing prompts. Each prompt has a text field in which you will provide a short paragraph response, ideally 100 to 250 words.

  • Describe a time when you encountered a difficult situation or issue. How did you approach the situation, and what did you learn from this experience?
  • Describe your career goals, how your experiences led you to pursue this path, and why you will be successful.
  • How have you demonstrated leadership and service to the community (your hometown, Mansfield, your college campus, etc.) through your involvement in and outside the classroom?
  • For students attending Mansfield University, tell us how your college experiences thus far makes you proud to identify as a Mountie (or for incoming Mansfield University students: why do you want to become a Mountie?)
  • What can people learn from your generation?

SPECIAL NOTE: It is highly recommended that you draft your responses ahead of time outside the AcademicWorks portal in a word processing document.

What makes a good essay?

One that is honest and original showcasing your background, experiences, ambitions, and personality. It’s your opportunity to make a strong and lasting impression. Keep in mind the following when drafting your responses:

  • Read and clearly answer the prompt.
  • Make an outline to organize your thoughts.
  • Create a strong introduction, followed by supporting arguments and an appropriate conclusion.
  • Ask others to critique the writing and provide constructive feedback.
  • Proofread the final version more than once.
  • Avoid unnecessary information.
  • Keep the content positive in tone.
  • Consider the scholarships you are hoping to obtain, and tailor your responses to them.