You choose your programs and design your education. Your Academic Statement acts as your blueprint.
This document does more than simply record your achievements. It also helps focus your aspirations as you plot your path to a degree.
The short essays you’ll write each year will help you in critical ways during your time here:
- Review, reflect upon, and connect common themes in your education each year
- Plan your pathway and uncover the kinds of programs that meet your goals
- Summarize your education in your own voice, and in your own words
- Provide context to your faculty and advisors when you need their guidance
How It Works
Each year you’ll write an Academic Statement that talks about where you’ve been and where you’re going with your education. You have full control over what you write and how you write it. You can use this as a starting point for conversations with your faculty and advisors.
When you’re ready to graduate, you’ll submit a final statement that acts as a cover letter for the evaluations in your transcript. It’s the perfect place to talk about how far you’ve come in your own words and connect common themes between the courses you’ve taken. It summarizes your educational experience for an outside audience, such as grad schools or employers.
Whereas your Orientation Essay looks back at your experience leading up to Evergreen, and your self-evaluations look back at a single quarter, your Academic Statement looks back on your entire time at Evergreen, and helps clarify your goals for upcoming years here, too.
Writing and Getting Help
Writing an academic statement may seem daunting, but its a personal process, and we’re here to help when you need it.
Turning It In
Turn in your Academic Statement through my.evergreen.edu.
Make sure you’ve followed the requirements. We recommend turning it in early. If you turn it in late, you’ll find a hold on your registration and you won’t be able to register for classes for the following school year—or even graduate!
The Writing Contest
In previous years, we’ve held a writing contest to provide students an opportunity to showcase their reflections about their liberal arts education. This 2016 – 17 academic year, there will not be one.
“As I dug deeper for answers to my own questions regarding my education, I gained a significant amount of clarity about where I have been and where I am going. It was a very fruitful process, and I'm glad I tackled it!”