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How to write a brilliant essay: A guide for ambitious students

For ambitious students, creating an essay, in other words, a motivational letter for university admission, is a chance to demonstrate academic ability, original thinking and impress with written English skills. Some students like the process of writing because it gives them the opportunity to put their academic skills into practice and make worthwhile arguments.

The question often arises of how to write a memorable essay and differentiate oneself in the crowd. In this article we will tell you this secret.

Why are we writing an essay?

Before we write it, we need to get back to the basics, understand who will check and analyze, after that it will be clear what teachers are looking for.

Not only the level of the student is taken into account, but also many other aspects:

Knowledge is essential, writing an essay buyessayfriend provides an opportunity to check and consolidate information that is important in the learning process, especially in the humanities.

Understanding - testing the understanding and explanation of complex concepts and situations. Teachers pay attention to your ability to reveal a given topic.

It is also a test of your ability to perceive and process a lot of information in such a short time, the ability to highlight important information.

A test of your ability to communicate in written English.

Writing a paper, as part of the whole admission procedure, is also subject to a limited time limit, which tests your ability to plan and allocate work. Of course, all tasks must be completed at the highest level and submitted on time.

The characterization of a perfect essay

We already know why we're writing an essay, but it's not enough. Teachers may have their own preferences in choosing the best, but there are still some features that distinguish the best from the best:

1.Originality of thought
The distinctive feature of a good essay is originality. It does not mean that you have to present the novelty of the research, in fact, you will have enough time to study deeply each subject individually on GCSE, A-level, or even IB.

2. Deep knowledge
It goes without saying that your essay should demonstrate not only deep knowledge, but also a clear understanding of the topic of the current problem, and reveal the topic, confirmed by a large number of arguments and theses. To confirm the high quality of your work, you need to process a lot of information and compare other people's ideas about the topic.

3.Concretization of information
The purpose of keeping an impeccable essay is to inform and convince. The use of specific knowledge related to the topic does not take much time from teachers. This brings us back to the question of sorting out the relevant facts and highlighting the necessary and important information from the general. Unneeded information only shows that you don't quite get the point.

4. Perfect English.
The structure of the presentation should be perceived with ease. Suggestions should be logically constructed and understood the first time. The main thing is to stick to the logical connection between the proposals and the transition from one fact to another. And, of course, spelling and grammar must be flawless.

5.Additional knowledge
Persistent students always read more than the recommended literature list.
Undoubtedly, reading books overtime will give you the opportunity to improve your knowledge, be the best among your peers and make a deep impression on your outstanding essays. When studying English, for example, you do not need to read only specific texts.

We offer you a few tips that will help you expand your knowledge by reading additional literature:
- Read and compare different works by the author;
- Work with contemporary literature. Analyse the text of your essay and see if you support contemporary thinking;
- Do a psychological analysis of the author's work, study the works of his predecessors that inspired him to write;
- Read literary criticisms;
- Analyse the thoughts of critics and find out whose opinions you are closest to;
- Prehistory. Here you can refer to the context of the work (back to this later).

At first glance, it may seem that our advice is a lot of additional work. It's also good to check other methods, such as taking notes, writing out important information from the custom writing context.

Before you start writing an essay, set a goal.

You must be tired of hearing this kind of advice. But it's very important to start writing work with concrete ideas. You need an essay plan for that. It won't take long, just open a new Word document and write down the ideas you want to discuss in order.

Balanced arguments

A good essay combines two sides of the presentation of arguments, on the one hand the presentation of information, and on the other hand the consideration of different points of view. Unilateral arguments will not impress the admissions committee.

Your opinion is also taken into account.

Justify your opinion. It will show that you're not hiding behind other people's thoughts.

 

Intel Design Ideation Camp

On September 21, NACME Board Company Intel, in partnership with fashion brand Rebecca Minkoff, hosted a group of talented female engineering students at NACME Partner Institution, NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering MakerSpace, to kick off their first ever Design Ideation Camp. Freshmen to seniors participated in an all day workshop lead by Henrik Scheel, Founder and CEO of Startup Experience Inc., meant to inspire students to unleash their creativity through technology.

The women heard from fashion mogul Rebecca Minkoff, Co-founder and Creative Director of Rebecca Minkoff and her brother Uri Minkoff, about the merging of fashion and technology industries and how, with a little creativity, engineering and technology together can revolutionize the fashion world.

NYU Tandon students listened as Rebecca and Uri discussed the importance of a STEM degree and explained how fashion is no longer driven solely by the creative side but now, technology and engineering professionals are getting an equal share in the process. For women looking for a way to break out of traditional engineering roles, the workshop encouraged them to “stay with it” and pursue STEM degrees, which have proven to be a real asset in the fashion world.

When asked about the job market for female engineers looking for non-traditional engineering roles, Rebecca Minkoff responded, she would hire four female programmers in a heartbeat with the talent to combine fashion and technology, but they’re just not there. The market is rapidly expanding and the need for students graduating with STEM degrees and an interest in the fashion industry is only going to increase.

To further portray the need for engineers in the fashion industry, Rhonda James, Intel Global Diversity & Inclusion/ Strategy & External Alliances and NACME Board Liasion, presented a video of their collaborations with designer Ezra & Tuba, showcasing a beautiful silver and blue gown covered with shimmering butterflies programmed with the Intel Edison Chip to fly off the dress and flap their expertly crafted wings before settling back down on the dresses shoulders. As the designers of the dress stated, “The future of clothing as we know it, is about to change. To be a part of this change we need technology” (view the butterfly dress in action). Through Intel’s presentation and Q&A with Rebecca and Uri Minkoff, the women in attendance were inspired to explore non-traditional uses for their STEM degrees and discover what other skills were crucial to being a successful engineer in the fashion industry.

To lead them through the Design Ideation Camp, Intel introduced the women to Henrik Scheel. Henrik is a Danish serial entrepreneur currently living in San Francisco where he focuses on projects in entrepreneurship education, impact investing, and tech startups in various sectors. NACME’s Chief Development Officer, Elizabeth Ross, and Development Coordinator, Chelsea Chateauvert, were invited to participate in brainstorming exercises lead by Henrik as female students from all engineering disciplines were inspired to solve everyday problems through a combination of technology and fashion design. “Our group had some brilliant ideas on how to solve the fear of sexual assault for women using different types of smart jewelry with built-in alert systems and GPS tracking capabilities,” said Chelsea Chateauvert, “the women discussed what types of technology would be needed to make the product work and were conscientious about the design to help the product appeal to female consumers.”

One of the key lessons learned by these women through the all day workshop was, in order to be successful as an engineer, no matter your gender or ethnicity; you need to think creatively about solving problems that affect you as an individual. They truly learned how to “unleash their creativity with technology” and came to understand how creative thinking is exactly what makes diverse engineers, whether African American, American Indian, Latino, or women in general, stand out and drive innovation among a white male dominated industry. Bottom line, “It’s time for women to even the score!”


Special thanks to NACME Partners, Intel and NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, for hosting the next generation of female engineers for a great day of creative learning.

 

 

NACME Works to Ensure Accessible, Affordable, and Accountable Engineering Education for Minorities

NACME Works to Ensure Accessible, Affordable, and Accountable Engineering Education for Minorities

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Motivated by the staggeringly low number of minorities in STEM programs and professions, minority leaders, business executives, the academic community, and corporations came together in the early 1970s to create four unaffiliated organizations to address this issue. However, it wasn’t until several years later when these groups merged to form the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), that real change began.

“NACME … was charted to conduct research, identify the impediments limiting access to careers in engineering, and implement programs to achieve a technical workforce that’s truly reflective of the American population,” says NACME President and CEO Irving Pressley McPhail, EdD.

And since the organization’s founding, underrepresented minorities in engineering have increased from 2 to 12 percent.

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NACME’s ability to help reduce this disparity is due to its multifaceted approach, says Christopher Smith, PhD, the organization’s director of scholarships, university relations, and research. To overcome barriers and increase access to the profession, NACME focuses on three key areas: scholarship programs, an online career center, and data collection.

For more than 40 years, NACME has awarded scholarships to African American, American Indian, and Latino students seeking degrees in engineering. Through its NACME Scholars Program, it allocates block grants to U.S. colleges and universities — partners of NACME — that distribute the money as scholarships to talented underrepresented minority students.

NACME also provides scholarships directly to students via several fellowship awards. Since its founding, the organization has awarded more than $150 million in scholarship and program support to 24,000 underrepresented minority students.

Smith says scholarships are key to easing students’ stress and debt load, helping keep them on the path to success.

“Scholarships are a really important aid for students,” he says. “Working during college is not a detriment, but it can become taxing on a student and [hurt] their ability to be retained in school. [Scholarship money] helps them avoid loans, it helps them avoid extra long hours at work while they’re studying, it helps them enroll full time as opposed to part time, and [it helps them] advance faster in their education.”

But as far as partner institutions go, NACME is selective and expects schools that receive funds to be actively moving the needle. The organization seeks colleges and universities “that demonstrate their capacity to recruit, admit, retain, educate, and graduate underrepresented minority engineering students,” says Aileen Walters, vice president of the career center, community, and partnerships at NACME. And, Smith says, schools continue to be held accountable in these areas throughout the life of
the partnership.

“We’re not just distributing money to these institutions, we’re also collecting key data from them,” he says. “Some of [what we] collect … are the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students in engineering, as well as how their peers are doing in the college of engineering. And if there is a gap, say at the start of the grant period, we want to see progress toward parity over time.”

Much of the data NACME has collected has shown striking differences between NACME scholars and other students. According to McPhail, a study of six-year graduation rates of NACME scholars revealed a rate of 79.1 percent. “That 79.1 percent compares to 39 percent for all other minority students majoring in engineering, and it compares to 62 percent for [non-minority] students, so you’re talking about a level of accomplishment that exponentially exceeds the norm,” says McPhail.

Beyond education, NACME works to connect its scholars to summer internships and full-time jobs.

While increasing minority participation in engineering remains NACME’s central objective, the motivation driving that goal has expanded over time.

“The number of underrepresented minorities in this country is growing,” Smith says. “It is important to get these groups involved in these educational opportunities so they have a chance to advance American competitiveness in engineering.”●

Alexandra Vollman is the editor of INSIGHT Into Diversity

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