Whether you get into the school of your choice will influence the rest of your life. And that’s not just hyperbole. That’s an indisputable fact. The influence might not be huge, but it will be there. It might very well nudge your life from semi-successful into something big and grand that people use as the sources of inspirational stories you find all over the internet.
Because having the right university on your on your CV will open a great may doors.
Of course, for many of us, if we get into the school of our choice depends on if we can secure the right funding. Without it we’re either looking at not being able to go or having a ball and chain called debt around our ankles for the first few decades of our working life. Both of those choices aren’t terribly inviting.
Now, one of the best ways to get funding is obviously the scholarship. And to get that sorted out you have to make certain that your scholarship application is absolutely top notch. And, as they say, writing is editing.
And I’m not kidding in that regard. The stuff that you see online that reads like it was just rattled off by somebody who knew exactly what they were trying to say? It wasn’t. It was painstakingly edited, adjusted, tweaked and modified until it sounded like that.
You’ve got to do the same with your scholarship. You’ve got to put in the hard work so that your reader does not have to. Because, let’s be clear about it, they won’t. They’ve got hundred, if not thousands of eager students trying to apply for the same scholarship and they’d like to get home in time for dinner just like the rest of us.
And so help them help you by taking the time to edit. This will make sure:
Your text looks professional
Scholarships aren’t just there to get you through university. They’re also there to make whoever is offering them look good. And they’re going to end up looking a lot better when you don’t make a fool of them by being immature, doing things that aren’t seemly, or by flunking out of university.
You’re going to be a lot more likely to convince them that’s the case in your case if you’ve edited your work, as this will give the impression that you’re willing to do what it takes. You’re willing to put in the hours. You’re willing to think about what you’re doing and you’re willing to take the time to dot your ‘i’s and cross your ‘t’s.
You answer all the questions
What’s more, sometimes when you’re writing you lost sight of what you’re actually trying to say, or you forget a point you’re trying to make (after all, sometimes you’re trying to make several at the same time). Editing is where you can see those mistakes and take actions to fix them.
And that will make certain you don’t have any lose strings and your text ends up being a completed whole. And that, in turn, will show you’ve got what it takes to be their candidate.
You don’t give them an excuse to dismiss you
Let’s be clear about it, when you’ve got a hundred candidates for one scholarship, you’re looking for any excuse to get rid of a few to make your choice easier. One of the easiest ways to do just that is to toss out those students who clearly didn’t take the time to take the application seriously.
And how do you think they do that?
Yup, you guessed it, they look at grammar and spelling. After all, there are plenty of tools out there that will help you write up an admission essay that is error free. There are professional editing services and if you’re not interested in those, then there are free online grammar programs that will do a great deal of the work for you.
So what does it say about you when you don’t even use those? It says you’re not really interested and therefore you’re not really suitable scholarship material.
Don’t make life harder than it has to be
To not edit your work is to self-sabotage. And that might make you feel better about yourself in the future. That might make you able to say, ‘of course I didn’t get it, I didn’t edit my work’ but that won’t help you pay the mountain of debt you’ll incur.
If you’re going to go for a scholarship, then at least go for it properly. You should never waste your time doing anything half-assed. That will just end up wasting other people’s time and embarrassing you – be it now or in the future. And all it takes to avoid that fate is just ignoring your friend’s phone calls, not looking to see what’s playing at the cinema, putting your head down and going through your entire scholarship another time.
Now that isn’t so hard, is it?
By Kerry Creaswood