Being an outsider essay

When you get to the essay questions in your application, don’t see them as a barrier to be overcome. Instead, consider them as an opportunity to tell reviewers about the great things you have been doing and how being a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow would benefit your community as well as yourself. The essays offer a chance to explain in your own words, and with your own energy and positivity, your track record of making change in the community and how you plan to do even more as a Fellow. (Here is a great article If you need general writing tips.)

Don’t give in and fit in. Most importantly, it’s not honest, and you won’t give your best to anything. It’s also likely that your outsider ideas will catch on and you’ll find others who can help you, support you and find strength in knowing that you are there.

  • I have to give credit to Bob Lefsetz for pointing me to yet another great story and lesson, this time from famed music business publicist and author Howard Bloom , who has worked with legends such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, Simon & Garfunkel and dozens more. It’s an edited clip of an interview he gave at a conference, and there are gems throughout. The two things that stick out the most for me are:
    1. Outsiders Rule
    2. Nobody is a genius alone – we all need community or collaboration to achieve anything great.
    And it’s not so much that we haven’t heard this before, or feel like it’s another version of Outliers , it’s that we need to constantly be reminded that who we are, what we are passionate about, and what we are willing to pour ourselves into matters a great deal, and provides our greatest advantages.

    Being an outsider essay

    being an outsider essay


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