Sample Of Essays On Education

Informative speech about education

It is with great honor to be with you today to share with you the importance of education. Education has been an essential process for everyone because it leads to a better future. Life without education means you will not understand what is happening around you. Education plays an important role in providing us with adequate knowledge and helps us interpret things and apply the knowledge in real life. Even though education is not limited to classroom settings, we can learn from experience and events, but still education is the foundation of learning.  Education does not only provide us with knowledge, but it also helps us be conscious about our behavior, hence, shaping our character.

Education provides us with additional knowledge about our environment what is expected of us. Through education, we become more civilized and mature. Therefore, good education makes us more human.  As we, all know that education is the key to success; it gives us the opportunity to see the world from different perspectives and open doors to various career opportunities. Education is linked to economic success, therefore, investing in education meaning having a better chance to be employed and living a better life in the future.

Every student needs a college degree to increase his chances of being employed in the formal sectors. Workers with college degrees earn more money compared to those without college degrees. Researchers reveal that an additional year of schooling raises individuals earning the power to more than 15 percent compared to others with standard qualifications. One of the recent studies by the education expert states that four years of college can increase your earnings in the labor market by 65 percent. It is clear that education and economic achievement are intertwined and for this reason, education is the main driver for achieving equal employment opportunities for everyone. Even though the country has made progress by opening doors to enable everyone to have equal education opportunities we need to put more efforts to enable the minority groups to see the benefits of education.

When I reflect back on my education attainment as an African American, I can say that we have achieved a lot in the past few years. High school dropout rate has reduced among African Americans for the past decades compared to other minority groups; this is an encouraging trend that we need to maintain to have a bright future that awaits us. Education can do wonders, to build confidence in making key decisions in life. If we have adequate knowledge, we can easily understand and accept failure and handle success properly.  The only way to reach our career success is to set our life goals where education forms part of it. Everyone wants to succeed in life by earning higher salaries a living a comfortable life. We all need money to survive it is through acquiring a good education that we can achieve our goals in life. Lastly, education is important not only for an individual, but also for the progress of our nation. We need to equip ourselves with adequate knowledge to enable us to improve the economy in the future.

Even if education is not among the basic needs, we need to realize without education the country cannot prosper; therefore, an educated society will make the country become a better place to live in. In conclusion, being educated means being empowered and discovering our talents so that we can sharpen them and make use of them to improve our future lives. Thank you for your time.

Below is a pdf link to personal statements and application essays representing strong efforts by students applying for both undergraduate and graduate opportunities. These ten essays have one thing in common: They were all written by students under the constraint of the essay being 1-2 pages due to the target program’s explicit instructions. In such circumstances, writers must attend carefully to the essay prompt (sometimes as simple as “Write a one-page summary of your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study”) and recognize that evaluators tend to judge these essays on the same fundamental principles, as follows:

  • First, you are typically expected to provide a window into your personal motivations, offer a summary of your field, your research, or your background, set some long-term goals, and note specific interest in the program to which you are applying.
  • Second, you are expected to provide some personal detail and to communicate effectively and efficiently. Failure to do so can greatly limit your chances of acceptance.

Good writers accomplish these tasks by immediately establishing each paragraph’s topic and maintaining paragraph unity, by using concrete, personal examples to demonstrate their points, and by not prolonging the ending of the essay needlessly. Also, good writers study the target opportunity as carefully as they can, seeking to become an “insider,” perhaps even communicating with a professor they would like to work with at the target program, and tailoring the material accordingly so that evaluators can gauge the sincerity of their interest

Overview of Short Essay Samples

Geological Sciences Samples

In the pdf link below, the first two one-page statements written by students in the geological sciences are interesting to compare to each other. Despite their different areas of research specialization within the same field, both writers demonstrate a good deal of scientific fluency and kinship with their target programs.

Geography Student Sample

The short essay by a geography student applying to an internship program opens with the writer admitting that she previously had a limited view of geography, then describing how a course changed her way of thinking so that she came to understand geography as a “balance of physical, social, and cultural studies.” Despite her limited experience, she shows that she has aspirations of joining the Peace Corps or obtaining a law degree, and her final paragraph links her interests directly to the internship program to which she is applying.

Materials Sciences Student Sample

For the sample from materials sciences, directed at an internal fellowship, the one-page essay has an especially difficult task: The writer must persuade those who already know him (and thus know both his strengths and limitations) that he is worthy of internal funds to help him continue his graduate education. He attempts this by first citing the specific goal of his research group, followed by a brief summary of the literature related to this topic, then ending with a summary of his own research and lab experience.

Teach for America Student Sample

The student applying for the Teach for America program, which recruits recent college graduates to teach for two years in underprivileged urban and rural public schools, knows that she must convince readers of her suitability to such a demanding commitment, and she has just two short essays with which to do so. She successfully achieves this through examples related to service mission work that she completed in Ecuador before entering college.

Neuroscience Student Sample

The sample essay by a neuroscience student opens with narrative technique, telling an affecting story about working in a lab at the University of Pittsburgh. Thus we are introduced to one of the motivating forces behind her interest in neuroscience. Later paragraphs cite three undergraduate research experiences and her interest in the linked sciences of disease: immunology, biochemistry, genetics, and pathology.

Medieval Literature Student Sample

This sample essay immerses us in detail about medieval literature throughout, eventually citing several Irish medieval manuscripts. With these examples and others, we are convinced that this student truly does see medieval literature as a “passion,” as she claims in her first sentence. Later, the writer repeatedly cites two professors and “mentors” whom she has already met, noting how they have shaped her highly specific academic goals, and tying her almost headlong approach directly to the National University of Ireland at Maynooth, where she will have flexibility in designing her own program.

Beinecke Scholarship Student Sample

The Beinecke Scholarship essay is written by a junior faced with stiff competition from a program that awards $34,000 towards senior year and graduate school. This student takes an interesting theme-based approach and projects forward toward graduate school with confidence. This writer’s sense of self-definition is particularly strong, and her personal story compelling. Having witnessed repeated instances of injustice in her own life, the writer describes in her final paragraphs how these experiences have led to her proposed senior thesis research and her goal of becoming a policy analyst for the government’s Department of Education.

Online Education Student Sample

Written during a height of US involvement in Iraq, this essay manages the intriguing challenge of how a member of the military can make an effective case for on-line graduate study. The obvious need here, especially for an Air Force pilot of seven years, is to keep the focus on academic interests rather than, say, battle successes and the number of missions flown. An additional challenge is to use military experience and vocabulary in a way that is not obscure nor off-putting to academic selection committee members. To address these challenges, this writer intertwines his literacy in matters both military and academic, keeping focus on applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), his chosen field of graduate study.

Engineer Applying to a Master’s Program Sample

This example shows that even for an engineer with years of experience in the field, the fundamentals of personal essay writing remain the same. This statement opens with the engineer describing a formative experience—visiting a meat packaging plant as a teenager—that influenced the writer to work in the health and safety field.  Now, as the writer prepares to advance his education while remaining a full-time safety engineer, he proves that he is capable by detailing examples that show his record of personal and professional success. Especially noteworthy is his partnering with a government agency to help protect workers from dust exposures, and he ties his extensive work experience directly to his goal of becoming a Certified Industrial Hygienist.

Click here to download a pdf of ten short essay samples.

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