So, how does one prepare for Scholarship Competition? We asked our students for their advice, and here is what they said:
10. Read the requirements for your major well ahead of time! This will give you the time and space you need to prepare any portfolios or essays that might be required and think about what excites you about your chosen major and why you want this scholarship. The further ahead you prepare, the more comfortable and less stressed you will feel.
9. Bring a couple of changes of clothes. Don’t stress about this, and don’t feel you have to go buy something. Interviews are business casual, and after there will be lots of fun campus activities, so bring something comfortable to walk in.
8. Enjoy the other aspects of the event. Get out of a competition mindset and look forward to all the other activities, too. Scholarship Competition is an amazing opportunity to meet your future professors and classmates, talk to current students, explore the campus, and get the general vibe of the university.
7. Be on the lookout for a future roommate! Remember that students you meet could end up being your roommates or best friends…why not start making those connections before your freshman year even begins?
6. Practice interviewing with friends and family. Practice telling who you are in about a one-minute time period; the more you practice introductions, handshakes, and basic questions about yourself, the more comfortable you will be.
5. Ask good questions. Professors are all here because they love their students and are committed to helping them develop. Have some questions about your major? Bring them all! This is a great time to interview the professors, too, and confirm that George Fox is the right place for you.
4. Be yourself! Think about what you are truly interested in and what excites you in life and learning. Professors want to get to know YOU! The more you can share about how you want to develop academically, personally and spiritually, the better they can do that.
3. Mentally prepare for your interview. Brainstorm ahead of time and think about different situations in your life and what you learned from them so that you have some conversation ideas ready to go.
2. Breathe. If you are feeling overwhelmed or intimidated, try to be confident, smile and breathe. When you consciously think about doing these things, you’ll feel better and it will become easier each minute.
1. Relax and have fun! God is with you and has a wonderful plan for you. We’re all excited to meet you, too!
Want more insight into the events at Scholarship Competition? Be sure to check out this podcast that goes over all the logistics.