I was nominated by my mentors for DL this year. While doing some preparation and talking to other people, I was told that my essay was very short. One of the people who I talked to (DL winner), said that I would have to cover a lot of ground during my interview. Another person from my team, (DL finalist), told me he thought I had very low chances of advancing.
Although this did really stress me, I realized that it has only given me one more reason to try harder. I don’t expect results, but I really want to give this my best shot. The essay has (obviously), been submitted and nothing can be changed about that. So I am trying my best to do everything I can moving forward. I am looking for advice/tips/help in how I can cover “more ground” (and depth) in my interview, and what you think (and if/how much you think the length of my essay will affect me). Basically, what all I could do to compensate for the shortness of the essay if you think that matters.
But above all, I want to, and I am, doing the best I can because the fact that my mentors and team believe in me so much, means the world to me. I don’t want to let one small thing–the length of my essay–pull me down mentally because that shouldn’t matter ideally. Its about what I have to bring to the table and about the unique story–my story-- I have to tell, right? The fact that they believe in me this much itself is the best award, honor, and happiness I could ever get. And that is because of my passion for FRC and even greater, the love I have for my team. I don’t want to let them down. I am doing this for my team, mentors, and myself.
If you have any thoughts, resources, advice, or anything, please let me know and I really appreciate your help!!
Thank you so much.