Readers for Your Final Academic Statement

Many readers can support you in writing, revising, and proofreading your Final Academic Statement.

Readers for Your Final Academic Statement

Who

Why they are helpful

Take note:

Take action:

You

You know yourself!

You know the most about the choices you make about your education!

You are awesome!

You can do it!

You might not have the perspective to spot where you might include more information or help your reader understand you.

You might also have questions about how to appeal to a specific audience.

You may be more likely to undersell or oversell your own achievements, so another person’s perspective can be grounding.  

Set some time aside to reflect & brainstorm!

Collect as much information as you can, which may include:

  • Transfer transcripts (unofficial)

  • Self-evals and faculty evaluations

  • Annual Academic Statement drafts

  • Any other reflective writing you have written

Peer tutors at the Writing Center

Peer Tutors are students and are familiar with Evergreen.

Peer Tutors also are supportive, encouraging, and want you to be in charge of what you want to say.

Peer Tutors read a lot of Academic Statements and can help you with every stage of your process.  

Peer Tutors are undergraduates and they come from all disciplines. Therefore, they may or may not have field-specific knowledge.

They can help you proofread, but they may not have as much experience proofreading high-stakes documents as your faculty, for example.

Make an appointment online on our Tutoring Schedule or walk-in for a one-on-one session.

Before your session, consider where you are in your process. What would you like to have completed by the end of your session? 

Remember, you can always come to the Writing Center to figure out what goals to set. 

Your current faculty (or a faculty member you’ve worked with)

Faculty know you in an academic context.

Faculty know your academic interests and skills.

Faculty will have field-specific knowledge that can help guide you in your academic and career goals.

Faculty have been through a lot of schooling, so they know a lot about Standard Academic English and may be skilled proofreaders.

Faculty are also adept at communicating with audiences outside of Evergreen.

Faculty know you, but might not know you very well, which can be helpful or not helpful, depending on the kind of feedback you want. 
 

Faculty are often busy with planning and teaching your classes and responding to others’ Academic Statements, but that should not deter you from asking them for help! Many are open to working with you on this important document. 

Email them to arrange a time.

 

Think about what stage you are at and what you want to hear from them. Consider asking them these questions directly in a face-to-face meeting.

 

Mentoring Day is another opportunity to connect with faculty. See current infromation on Mentoring Day to sign up to meet with a faculty member to discuss your Academic Statement.

Academic & Career Advisors

Advisors support you in setting a path for yourself and achieving your goals through your education. They want you to succeed!

They know how to talk about Evergreen and its programs as an institution in a way that outside audiences will find compelling.

Advisors might know you, but they might not know you very well, which can be helpful or not helpful depending on what kind of feedback you need.

Advisors know how Evergreen works and they know about the connections between Evergreen and the greater world.

Advisors are helpful when you want to learn more about how to envision and plan your path as it extends through graduation.

While each advisor has areas of specialty, you might pursue a conversation with a Faculty to get more detailed field-specific advice.

See the Academic & Career Advising website for walk-in hours or to make an appointment

Trusted Individuals (friends, mentors, family members inside or outside of school)

These are people you respect and trust. You know them, and they know you. If they know you well, they can help you reflect your most authentic qualities.

If they know you in a specific context, they can help you reflect on some of that context.

Depending on their background and experience in the world, they can offer you perspective on how to communicate with others inside or outside of a professional and/or academic setting.

They may also be able to help you identify Evergreen-specific language that doesn't translate outside of Evergreen.

Trusted individuals can come from all backgrounds and experience levels. They may have field-specific knowledge (for example an Internship Supervisor) or they may not have any field-specific knowledge. 

They may be excellent proofreaders, or they may not be able to help you with the final stages.

Contact these folks in whatever way works for you both! Consider what kind of feedback you want to receive from them and asking for their thoughts on those aspects of your Statement.