Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a few movies that are adaptations of books. As I would watch and compare them to the book, I felt somewhat slighted in certain instances. Although the cinematic effects behind the movie were brilliant, sometimes it did seem like a stretch (read fake).
When leaving the theater, I would find myself wondering how close the movie actually was to the book. Was I compelled to go back and re-read the author’s work? No. However, it got me thinking about honesty and integrity.
As you’re writing your college admissions essays and working on scholarships, NEVER compromise your integrity. Keep the “movie” you depict for the scholarship committee as close to the actual script/book as possible. I would hate to see a scholarship slip through your hands because you’ve strayed too far from the actual event.
There is nothing wrong with describing and painting the picture of your story. I teach my students to do this all the time. Trust me, I know you want to look good for committees. However, there IS something wrong with not telling the truth.
Here are a few things you can do with your essay to ensure you’re covered:
- Do a gut check. When in doubt, leave it out. If you think its borderline, revamp it or delete it from your essay.
- Read your essay to someone else that may have been present at the event. If they think it sounds accurate, chances are you’re good.
- If a story could potentially seem far-fetched or inaccurate, make sure you have supporting documentation ready. It does not help your case if you are called to support your claims and have to “gather” your evidence.
Get to work on these scholarships:
- College JumpStart Scholarships: The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition — financial need is not considered — that is open to 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students. The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education.
Deadline: October 17th
- Joe Foss Institute $5,000 Video Contest: Create a video, no more than three minutes in length, that inspires viewers on What ‘Being American’ means to you.
Award: $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000
Deadline: October 19th
- CARiD Scholarship Program: ACARiD is giving away $1,000 to offset your educational expenses for college! All you have to do is create a photo inspired by any aspect of the automotive industry, such as your first car, custom modifications you’ve made, or the coolest vehicle you’ve ever seen.
Deadline: October 31st
- Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship: The program’s primary goal is to assist military service members and their families by awarding up to twenty $2,000 scholarships to help pay for tuition and books each semester.
Award: $20,000 (150 Awards Given)
Deadline: October 31st
Anyone else excited to see how The Hunger Games compares to the book next month?! There will definitely be a post about this movie! ☺ Happy Tuition Tuesday!