We've moved the NELP Application online, and it's available now by clicking the button above! (Though you'll still need to sign up for your NELP interview in person; you'll find instructions for that in the application.)
The real core of the application asks for five little chunks of writing about yourself--you'll get to this about halfway though, and you can read below the five questions/prompts you're asked to respond to if you want to start thinking about them now. (The application will ask you to upload a document with your answers.)
A. What are the most important ideas or values at play when you make big decisions? What
really drives your decision-making? What are you dedicated to? What sets your trajectory from Point A to Point B, and how does this affect how you work as a student, community member, reader, and/or thinker?
B. What’s the strangest thing—maybe one of the strangest things—you believe? Why do you believe it?
C. For most students, the NELP experience, while rewarding and fun, includes adversity of various kinds: exposure to cold and wet weather, the hard and physical work of maintaining camp, strenuous backpacking, occasional interpersonal conflicts, being away from friends and family and separated from technologies like cell phones and email—not to mention the academic rigor of a program that packs NINE credits of upper-level work into 45 days. How does challenge, pressure, and even discomfort work in your mind, heart, and/ or life? How is it or how has it been a part of the way you learn? Please be honest and detailed about this, and give us an example.
D. Tell us about something you’ve read recently that has been meaningful to you. Why was it important?
E. Tell us something else about yourself, something you haven’t yet touched on, that helps define or describe you.