Phew! Just finished the 8th iteration, and hopefully the final, of Reliance Stanford Scholarship essay. It seems to be in a pretty decent shape now, and its the time to get it reviewed by the people I feel would give justice by reading it sincerely and providing their honest comments.
Two points I feel are worth mentioning here:
1. An essay partner could do wonders to your essay. I'm lucky to have such a friend who is also applying for this fellowship. She really understood my ideas and contributed to my essay as her own. This has really helped me bringing in clarity in my ideas with every discussion, thereby shaping my essay tremendously.
2. As I said, essay must be review by a few trusted people who know well about you and about the topic of the essay. But don’t send your rough drafts to anyone for reviewing. More than often, they might not be able to get the actual idea you want to convey and their interest might start wandering in subsequent reviews. So, get them reviewed once essay reaches a stable state.
So as I wait for the comments from my reviewers, I'll start building my Resume.