Writing Sample Topics

As part of the application process, you are required to submit a writing sample on a topic of your choice or a previously written paper.

Looking for inspiration? Here are some options:

  • Submit a previously written paper.
  • Discuss some issue of personal, local, national or international concern and its importance to you.
  • How has your ethnic background and/or your involvement with cultural activities in your school and community helped you to better appreciate diversity? How do you intend to use your knowledge and skills to further the CSB/SJU goal of deepening intercultural understanding? (Students may answer this question for both the writing sample and as the required essay for the Intercultural-LEAD Fellowship application.)
  • Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its importance to you.
  • Choose another topic of particular interest to you.
  • If you are a transfer student, explain why you are considering transferring to CSB/SJU.

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