I’m reading applications for a scholarship at my institution, to be offered to incoming freshmen.

I don’t want to read a letter that just says So-and-So is a nice, well-rounded person. I want details about the kind of student she is—e.g.:

  • her questions help move class discussion forward
  • his essays tackled ambitious theses
  • when she faltered, she did extra problems to get better
  • I used his essays as models for other students

Anecdotes about how student eats in class? Not really what I want to see. Repeating the list of items I read on the resume? REALLY not want I want to see.