Please read this information completely before composing your essays. There are two parts; Part I and Part II are both required. Write your responses using a word processing program; put your first and last name at the top above Part I, and be sure to identify Part I and Part II. When the essays are complete: (1) save the file as either a document or pdf and (2) name it using your last and first name in an upper/lower case format, ex. Smith, Mary. You must upload the file to this application by clicking the "Browse" button below, and then click "Submit."
A personal essay is part of your application to the Honors College at WSU. It helps us to get to know you beyond your academic background of grades, test scores, and courses taken in high school. Through your essay we will learn about you, your ability to think critically and creatively, and how to organize and express your thoughts.
Tips for Completing Your Honors Essays
Essay/ Part I (required)
Imagine that you are backpacking through a foreign country. Because you want to engage with the local population, you have brought three items in your backpack that will help them learn about your culture and worldview. What three items have you chosen, and how do they represent these aspects of you? (400-500 words.)
Essay/Part II (required)
At the WSU Honors College, we realize that applicants cannot be reduced to their test scores and GPA. We want to know what makes you tick. Pick one activity or experience to explain an important aspect of who you are, something that no one would be able to learn by reading your academic transcripts. (400-500 words.)
Please upload your completed response to the Honors essay question here. A Microsoft Word document or PDF file is preferred.
You will be sent a brief email to let you know that your application and essay have been received by the WSU Honors College. The Honors College will review your application and essays, and contact you within three weeks of your acceptance to WSU.