NCRA’S call for essays
How did you survive court reporting school?
What we are looking for
We're looking for informational narratives that offer current and prospective students a chance to learn from and relate to your personal experiences. Ideally, these entries should share certain qualities – insight, reflection, a personal voice and a down-to-earth tone. Creativity is encouraged and humor is a plus.
Selected participants' stories will be compiled into a book featuring a collection of inspirational and motivational essays that can be used as a resource for students. Our main goal in this initiative is to encourage and inspire students through stories from your perspective, as someone who has successfully completed court reporting school.
- Your personal experiences in court reporting school.
- Tips and advice. What were your most successful study techniques?
- Did you have a mentor? If so, how did you go about obtaining one?
- How often did you talk and/or meet with your mentor throughout your schooling?
- How did they help you succeed?
- What were some of the challenges you faced?
- How did you overcome them?
- What was your biggest motivation throughout school?
- If you were to meet someone who had no knowledge of the profession, what would you tell them about court reporting school?
- How would you encourage a student pursuing this profession?
- This should be a personal narrative.
- Keep in mind:
- This should be written in the first person.
- Please avoid controversial topics.
Guidelines for submission
- Well written essays that offer insightful commentary and/or helpful tips.
- Submissions should be typed, double spaced and no more than 1,200 words (please include word count).
- Send in your story along with your submission form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We do not accept submissions via fax or U.S. mail.
- Please include "How I survived court reporting school" in the email subject line.
- Submissions received without a signed essay submission form will not be considered.
What happens next?
- Selected essays will be a blend of different types of engaging and entertaining stories chosen to resonate with the widest audience of students.
- Finalists will be notified if their essay has been selected.
- After an editing process, our goal is to produce a book of the final approved submissions and make it available in the NCRA store.
If you have any questions, please contact Austin Yursik via email or by phone 703-556-6272 ext. 141.