All Honors College applicants must complete this essay in 450-500 words.
OSU and the University Honors College seek students with a diversity of interests and perspectives with the capacity and motivation to excel. The essay response is an important part of your UHC application and should represent your polished writing. The response will be scored on your writing skills and your ability to think deeply and creatively. Answer the question succinctly (between 450 and 500 words), but with enough detail for the selection committee to get a clear sense of your competencies. Keep in mind that most students applying to the UHC hold similar values (hard work, academic achievement, etc.). When responding to the UHC essay prompt, consider sharing information that would distinguish you amongst a group of similarly accomplished peers.
“Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity—I am my language.”
Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera:
The New Mestiza, 4th ed.
(San Francisco, CA: Aunt Lute Books, 2012), 81.
Question: In the passage above, Gloria Anzaldúa suggests that language and identity are fundamentally connected. Before you begin writing your response, reflect on how your use of language in different contexts is connected to your identity. Choose a phrase from your vocabulary that will allow you to examine that connection, then discuss how that phrase reveals something about 1) your identity and 2) the society or culture in which you live. Responses may focus on ethnic identity and/or other forms of identity.
Please describe up to three extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and awards that have had the most significant impact on you and/or your community. Please limit each description to 100 words or less.
(OPTIONAL) If there are additional circumstances that should be known to the selection committee but have not been shared in another section of this application, please explain briefly in your own words (250 words or less).