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ESSAY COMPETITION: How has higher education positively impacted your life?
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Quacquarelli Symonds ('QS') connects students, universities, and business schools as the world's largest higher education network.  We want to get young people excited about education, in particular pursuing  Graduate and MBA Programs.  To do this, we want to hear YOUR stories and personal experiences that will resonate with our global audience and inspire them to pursue higher education!

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for our MindSumo solvers who have studied (or plan to study) a graduate level degree.  In addition to the MindSumo cash prize, we intend to publish the best submissions on our blog, giving full credit to the winning authors!  You will then have the opportunity to share and promote your blog post on social media, and the content piece with the most likes/traffic will win an additional prize from QS - an 8-week QS event marketing internship with stipend.  All top-performing submissions will also have the chance to join the QS ambassador program earning cash bonuses for promoting our Grad events across North America this Fall! 


Submit your story on one of the following topics:

  • A day in the life of a Grad Student
  • Why I'm going to do a Grad Program
  • The importance of higher education in my journey


  • You must attach your story as a word doc between approx. 400 - 750 words. 
  • You may provide images and video as additional support to your essay if you so choose.
  • Your story should be positive, motivational, and uplifting - showcasing the power of education!  
  • Your essay should relate to Higher Education.  Please do not submit stories that relate to secondary / high school / vocational courses.

Please note: By submitting your story you agree that your work may be shared on our blog and credited to you.

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Requirements
  • Writing Quality
  • Positivity & Inspiration
Reward Tiers
Rewards will be handled by QS
$200.00 Picture?width=160
$200.00 C University of Nevada, Las Vegas
$200.00 Square pic 60 arielle irvine photo University of Northern Iowa
$200.00 N Durham University
$200.00 K University of Texas at Dallas
$200.00 Square pic 60 ahahahaha Yorkville University
$200.00 O Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
$200.00 K University of Connecticut
Submission questions

If you reside within the US, which state do you live in? (Please input in abbrev. form.  Ex: Florida as FL)

What is the highest level of education you have completed? 


What's the name of the university you attend / will attend?

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