The new National Education Policy 2020 in India recommends a restructuring of school years and the curriculum, in a wide-ranging manner and adding critical components of education i.e. critical thinking and deeper understanding. What is critical thinking exactly? Critical thinking is the analysis of facts to form a judgment. It is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas. It can also be described as the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. The current curriculum does not leave much scope for research and analysis. The skills that we need to be able to think critically are varied and comprehensive.
What is it that will make a student stand out amongst hundreds of applications? While your verbal skills do come in handy in writing your essay, all your thoughts must be aligned properly.
Know what you need:
From recommendations to award certificates help create an impressive portfolio. Your guide or mentor can help you streamline your process. Ensure that you have all your documentation arranged in a relevant manner.
Choosing the right fit for your career aspirations is extremely vital. Research online, ask friends and seniors, take inputs from your teachers and parents. Do not hesitate to seek out mentors who can help you find the right college and the right subjects. It is important to give due diligence to research as not only it helps you get your best options, it opens up new arenas for you as well. The NEP’2020 is a step towards making research a part of the curriculum so that it encourages critical thinking as well.
The College Essay:
A college essay is your podium from where you showcase yourself. Your vocabulary, your writing skills, your research methodology, and your presentation is what an essay is all about. There is no fixed way to write it, however, a methodical approach of research, thinking, prewriting and writing would help a great deal. You must devote adequate time to the essay as that can set you apart from the rest of the applicants. Everything like your achievements, challenges, anecdotes, cultural learnings, and even the failures create an endearing story when written comprehensively and it requires some thinking skills to put them in words.
Supplementary workshops like the Writing Enhancement Program offered by University Connection offer a deep insight into formulating a thought process, enhances the research skills, and helps you write impactful essays.