Fellowship Draft 1
Essay One: Tell us about your experiences as a New American. Whether as an immigrant yourself, or as a child of immigrants, how have your experiences as a New American informed and shaped who you are and your accomplishments? Feel free to discuss how individual people (such as family or teachers), institutions, aspects of law, culture, society or American governance made an impact on your life as an immigrant or child of immigrants. The program is especially interested in understanding and contextualizing your accomplishments, be they personal, professional, or academic.
The first essay is all about your New American experience. Think broadly, personally and creatively. For many applicants, this essay is the first time that they will be writing about their identity as a New American. We hope that this essay is an opportunity for you to reflect on important ideas and experiences, and perhaps, to even learn something new about your family and heritage. Use this essay to tell the selection team about what being a New American means to you; discuss your heritage or a salient experience that relates to your or your family’s immigration story; consider stories, memories, mentors, or lessons that could serve as a window into your world. There is no “right” way to write this essay.