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Nearly 700 colleges accept the The Common Application, which makes it easy to apply to multiple schools with just one form.
If you are using the Common App to apply for college admission in 2019, you will have 250–650 words to respond to ONE of the following prompts: Answer this prompt by reflecting on a hobby, facet of your personality, or experience that is genuinely meaningful and unique to you.
Sometimes it's better to write about something that was hard for you because you learned something than it is to write about something that was easy for you because you think it sounds admirable.
As with all essay questions, the most important thing is to tell a great story: how you discovered this activity, what drew you to it, and what it's shown you about yourself.Make sure you explain how you pursue your interest, as well.This question might be for you if you have a dynamo personal essay from English class to share or were really inspired by a question from another college’s application. Whatever topic you land on, the essentials of a standout college essay still stand: 1.) Show the admissions committee who you are beyond grades and test scores and 2.) Dig into your topic by asking yourself how and why.Describe the event or accomplishment that shaped you but take care to also show what you learned or how you changed.Colleges are looking for a sense of maturity and introspection—pinpoint the transformation and demonstrate your personal growth.This prompt is an invitation to write about something you care about.(So avoid the pitfall of writing about what you think will impress the admission office versus what truly matters to you).Admissions officers want to feel connected to you and an honest, personal statement about who you are draws them in.Your love of superheroes, baking chops, or family history are all fair game if you can tie it back to who you are or what you believe in.Choose this prompt if you have a relevant—and specific! A vague essay about a hot button issue doesn’t tell the admissions committee anything useful about YOU.This essay is designed to get at the heart of how you think and what makes you tick.