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Essay Contest

Prompt: “Why Did You Choose to Be the 1st (Generation)?”

Word Requirement: 450 word minimum, 700 word maximum

Prerequisite: Be a *Current* 1st Generation Student at SWOSU

1st generation student is a student whose parents did not complete a four-year college degree, meaning they are ideally the 1st generation in their family to go to and finish college. 39% of SWOSU's students are 1st gen! We want to hear from that 39% about why they chose to be the 1st to earn a degree. Earning a college degree is demanding and strenuous. What are the convictions that have motivated you thus far and to overcome the challenges ahead? Everyone has a unique story, and we want to hear yours!

By submitting your essay, you are granting permission for excerpts to be potentially featured on the SWOSU website or in other campus media. Any submitted essay that has identifying information included (name, student ID, etc.), is under the minimum word requirement, over the maximum word limit, not submitted in PDF format, or submitted after the deadline (October 25th) will be automatically disqualified and not considered.

Your essay will be presented anonymously to a panel of judges who will evaluate it based on three criteria: earnestnesseffort, and creativity. The judges' scores will be added together, and the top three scoring essays will be the contest finalists. Contest finalists are guaranteed a placement and prize. The judges will then meet and determine, not by points but opinion, which placement (first, second, or third) each of the three finalist essays receives. The finalists and their placements will be announced at the 1st Generation Celebration on November 8th. The event will run from 3-5 PM, and will be located in SWOSU's East Ballroom. 

Submit Your Essay