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For those of you who have done or are doing the RBC application, are your essay responses formal or informal?

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I don't think it really matters. As long as you don't use profanity and slang, it should be OK.

I would think the responses can have a "friendly" tone to it as they are personal responses.
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I'm doing the RBC application too. My essays aren't really formal but they don't have slang words or anything like that. Just think of how you write your essays in school.
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The questions require a personal response so I don't think it's super formal. Instead, make it sound like your voice and it'll be more engaging to read.
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just remember not to use contractions!!!!
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TECHNICALLY, you're the author. Therefore you may create your own diction.
Whatever you feel comfortable with, just don't use swear words every other sentence ok?
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I agree with what's been said so far, just use your own voice. I don't think it has to be 'formal', persay, but it should be professional. IE, don't use slang, profanity, etc. And be engaging. Sell yourself. At least, that's what I'm doing.
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Just a question to add about this scholarship:

For your role model, did you use someone famous or someone you know personally?
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@linglam wrote
Just a question to add about this scholarship:

For your role model, did you use someone famous or someone you know personally?


I wrote my essay about someone I know personally, but I don't think it matters if you write it about someone you know versus a celebrity. It didn't really specify. If you are still unsure maybe you should contact them to clarify.
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A photo of VegaKrazmych VegaKrazmych
If you do a good job explaining who your role model is, and what makes them a role model, you'll do fine.
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I am answering the questions in an informal way. My role model is someone I know, didn't even think of considering a celebrity. Good Luck.
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Most role models are people you know, so it definitely shouldn't be formal.
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@graemebenjamin wrote
Most role models are people you know, so it definitely shouldn't be formal.



I don't see why this necessarily excludes a formal essay.
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I don't think it has to be formal and I think it can be anyone, whether or not you know them personally.
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Depending on what you find more comfortable I guess because there was no requirement for it to be formal
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My inclination would be to endear the reader to you, make them feel like you're a real person and compel them to empathize with you. They're asking personal questions, after all.

As for the celebrity vs someone you know, I think you can tell a more touching and personal story about someone you know. When you admire someone famous, you don't have that two-way relationship, so it tends to be more shallow than an ordinary person who's really touched your life. Again, I think this makes you seem like a real person because you're expanding into other areas in your life, such as your meaningful relationships.
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The role model essay is a hundred words or fewer. It doesn't make much of a difference whether it's formal, based on someone you know, etc. You'll be hard pressed to even answer the question in so few words.
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So true! It's so hard to write less than 100 words.. and it's confusing as to whether or not to use formal/informal writing.. T____________T
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A photo of Wendy_D Wendy_D
Woo hoo! Just submitted mine! :cheers:
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A photo of marygao marygao
Kept it formal, but not formal like an essay. At least punctuations are correct.
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A photo of cyynthiia cyynthiia
Just submitted mine yesterday afternoon. :D
My essays weren't too formal, they just sounded like regular narrative essays.
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The role model essay is a hundred words or fewer. It doesn't make much of a difference whether it's formal, based on someone you know, etc. You'll be hard pressed to even answer the question in so few words.



You have no idea how many times I had to re-write my essay for it to be the right number of words haha. Also, I'm having issues with the volunteerism/extracurriculars part where it asks you for how many hours you participated. I mean, I was working on it all year but I can't very well put 24hours*365days can I? (That's a joke, I'll figure something out.)

Nothing like waiting until the last minute before putting everything together. :bom:
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I was going to apply for this scholarship, but I was busy helping a friend.....I DIDN'T REALIZE THE CUT-OFF TIME WAS 6:00PM >.< .................oh well on to the next one :P
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I kept mine extremely formal, it is an essay after all, and when it was worth that much of your percentage, it couldnt have hurt
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A photo of amneetak amneetak
I kept it formal, but not like an essay. Just made sure punctuation was correct.
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OMG I submitted mine, right before the deadline! But I used a combination of both formal and informal. I mean although you are answering the questions, you still want to portray your personality.
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