Writing Prompts for Freshmen

Use the prompts below to gather ideas for your Annual Statement

Answer each question to see how your interests and goals align with The Six Expectations of an Evergreen Graduate. Once you have answers for all, highlight similar content. The similarities might show you what you want to focus on and what you want to enroll in next. In your Annual Statement, feel free to write about what you’ve noticed as you answered the questions. What are the big items that stand out?

Learn more about the Six Expectations of an Evergreen Graduate.

Exploring Your Options

  • Articulate and assume responsibility for your own work

    • What do you want to learn? Write about your interests. (Talk to faculty, staff, and students about your areas of interest. Plan ahead and research the catalog. Get help from advising.)

    • Write about what you need help with or what you want to improve in, such as:

      • Learning how to learn
      • Taking notes
      • Managing your time
      • Completing your work
      • Contributing to discussion
      • Reaching out and networking
      • Welcoming feedback
  • Participate collaboratively and responsibly in our diverse society

    • What student groups and activities do you want to get involved in? (Explore a wealth of options with student activities, peer mentors, and advising.)

    • What social or cultural issues interest you and what do you want to learn about them?

  • Communicate creatively and effectively

    How well do you write and speak? Where could you use support? (Reach out to faculty and the Writing Center for help with gathering ideas, organizing thoughts, drafting papers and presentations, and polishing final drafts.)

  • Demonstrate integrative, independent and critical thinking

    What topics or questions do you want to explore?

  • Apply qualitative, quantitative and creative modes of inquiry appropriately to practical and theoretical problems across disciplines

    • What programs or courses have you taken?

    • What disciplines did they cover (art, science, humanities, social science)?

    • What have you learned (topic or theme) and how did you learn it (research paper, art or science project, program, field or lab research)?

  • As a culmination of your education, demonstrate depth, breadth, and synthesis of learning, and the ability to reflect on the personal and social significance of that learning

    As you reflect on your learning this year…

    • What are the highlights?

    • What have you studied in depth? What have you learned along the way?

    • What connections can you draw?

    • How is what you learned important?

Getting Further Help

Still need help? Go back to Writing Your Statement to view additional resources listed in the final section.