Writing Prompts for Sophomores and Juniors

Use these prompts 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. You should be able to draw connections, identify a focus (depth), but also find breadth (coverage of multiple disciplines) in your education. If you are lacking depth or breadth, reach out to faculty and advising. Draft your statement envisioning what it might look like once you graduate. What do you still need to learn? What do you need to do to get you there?

Learn more about the Six Expectations of an Evergreen Graduate.

Drawing Connections and Determining a Focus

  • Articulate and assume responsibility for your own work

    What are your academic goals? What are your plans to meet them?

    (Talk to faculty and advisors about your areas of interest and getting into the programs or courses you want. Plan ahead and research the catalog.

    Also, work on exploring careers:

    • Shadow professionals
    • Ask for a faculty member to mentor you
    • Conduct informational interviews
    • Make an appointment with the Career Counselor
    • Find out pre-requisites you need for grad programs
    • Research schools and prep for admissions tests
    • Find an internship or volunteer opportunity.)
  • Participate collaboratively and responsibly in our diverse society

    • What student groups or activities did you get involved in? (How have you worked with others in and outside of the classroom? Have you taken the initiative, built understanding, supported the learning of others, or solved problems in groups?)

    • What social or cultural issues have you learned about?

  • Communicate creatively and effectively

    What research papers and essays have you written; what presentations have you given? (How effectively do you think you convey ideas? Where could you use help? 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

    How have the programs and courses you have taken built on one another? (What different lines of thought or evidence have you investigated to reach a conclusion? Have you developed a method to solve a problem? Describe it.)

  • 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 issue) 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 else have you studied (breadth)?

    • What connections can you draw?

    • How is what you learned important?

Getting Further Writing Help

Hopefully this gives you a give starting point for writing your Academic Statement this year. If you feel like you still need help, you have several options.