Your Annual Statement helps you reflect on your learning and decide what you want to learn next. Through this process, you’ll better understand your education by connecting common themes that run throughout your studies.
This provides insight for you, as well as the faculty and academic advisors who are helping you plan your time at Evergreen. These yearly essays will go into your academic record, where your faculty and advisors can access them, but will not go into your transcript.
When Your Statement is Due
You must turn in a version of your Annual Statement by the deadline once a year. Annual Statements are not added to your transcript, though they will be available through your academic record to faculty and advisors.
The open submission window is very generous. Ask for help from faculty and turn in your drafts early so you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
For the 2022 – 23 school year, turn in your Annual Statement between Friday, November 11, 2022 and Friday, May 19, 2023.
How to Turn In Your Statement
Turn in your Annual Statement online using My Evergreen. More instruction on how to do this is available on the Help Wiki.
What Goes in Your Annual Statement
Each year you’ll write an Annual 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 your Orientation Essay and evaluations as a starting point for your Academic Statement.
What you might write about
- Use your Orientation Essay as a starting point (find yours at My Evergreen, under “Academic Progress”)
- Describe what you have learned and done so far at Evergreen. This can include programs, independent academic work, and involvement in student clubs and activities. Try reviewing your evaluations for reminders of your achievements.
- Discuss your goals and how you will reach them—what you will do and what help you need from others
- Read an example Annual Statement (Word)
More prompts for your statement
If you’re looking for a starting point or some new ideas, try these prompts.
- Explore your options—When you’re first starting at Evergreen, as a freshman or new transfer, you may want to talk about the options that appeal to you
- Make connections and find focus
- Explore themes or patterns in your education (PDF)
- List your Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (PDF)
- Strategize with a Writing Rubric (PDF)
- Review your draft against a checklist of recommendations
Get personalized help
If you need personalized help or guidance, you can share your statement ideas and drafts online with mentors around campus:
- Talk to your faculty. For students enrolled in programs, your faculty will dedicate some time with your program during fall quarters to collaborate with you. Additionally, you can connect with faculty directly throughout the year to get one-on-one support and feedback.
- The Writing Center is a great place on campus, with people who will help you strengthen any piece of writing, including your Academic Statements.
- Academic advisors are also here to help you.
You can find more support materials at the Writing Center’s Handouts & Links page, including:
- Examples of Final Academic Statements
- Video, audio, and slideshow files from the Academic Statement workshop given by Ariel Birks and Luis Apolaya Torres on April 22, 2020
- Prompts and questions to inspire your reflective writing
- Further information contextualizing Academic Statements and Evaluations
- Guidance about who on campus you can reach out to for help with your Academic Statement
- Links to drop-in meetings and open hours for one-on-one appointments with tutors from the Writing Center