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How to Successfully Answer Common App Prompt #7

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If you’ve gone through the first six prompts given by the Common App and still not found inspiration for what to write about, you’re in luck…kind of. The final prompt reads as follows:

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

The freedom to design and answer your own question opens up every possibility for you to express yourself in the best light. However, with this freedom comes a certain level of risk. You must find an entry point that draws the reader in and hooks her. Though it can feel cathartic to tell whichever story you’d like, keep the main objective in mind – creating an ally within the admissions office.

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How to Successfully Answer Common App Prompt #6

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Continuing our exploration of the Common App essay prompts, we’ll turn our attention today to the sixth, which reads as follows:

“Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?”

If you’re the kind of student who has poured all of your intellectual curiosity into one main focus, you might enjoy writing on this topic. It gives you the space to dive deeply into the reasons behind your focus and illuminate how you’ve gone above and beyond your peers to further that knowledge. This prompt is not about an average pursuit or fascination. It is about showing the admissions officer exactly who you are as a thinker.

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How to Successfully Answer Common App Prompt #5

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In this post we’ll take a closer look at the fifth prompt from the Common App to which students can respond. It reads as follows:

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

Have you had an “aha moment” that helped set your future trajectory? Have you dedicated significant time or energy into a goal or project that finally came to fruition? Perhaps you’ve begun to see yourself in a different light than you once thought.

If this is true for you, Common App essay prompt five is a great vehicle for you to share your story. Let’s explore a few strategies to make this answer pop for you.

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How to Successfully Answer Common App Essay Prompt #4

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Today we’ll continue our investigation into the first-year Common App main essay prompts. As you know, writing a strong personal statement is a critical piece of your admissions success. It’s likely that the people reading your file will not have met you in person; this is your opportunity to speak for yourself in your own words.

The fourth prompt reads as follows: Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma — anything of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

Think this might be the most appealing entry point for your personal statement? Read on to learn a few important guidelines to keep in mind as you tackle this prompt.

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How to Successfully Answer Common App Essay Prompt #3

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Today we’ll continue our dive into sound strategy behind each of the personal essay prompts offered by the Common App. Choosing the one that helps you tell the most persuasive story filled with meaning and subtext is a major step to creating an advocate in the admissions officer who reads it.

Here’s how the third prompt reads: Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

Do you have a story that fits this scenario? Perhaps one of your proudest accomplishments was convincing someone to change their viewpoint on something that mattered to you. Perhaps the viewpoint that changed was your own. Let’s take a closer look at a few important points to keep in mind as you approach this prompt.

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How to Successfully Answer Common App Prompt #2

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Today we’ll continue with part two of our series unpacking the Common App main essay questions. Here’s how the second prompt reads:

“The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?”

It might seem counterintuitive at first but reflecting on moments of failure or struggle can be a positive addition to an application otherwise dedicated to your accomplishments. Showing the reader how you’ve grown clues them in on your humanity and motivation as well as your ambition.

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How to Successfully Answer Common App Essay Prompt #1

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Now that the Common App has confirmed this application cycle’s essay prompts, it’s time for rising seniors to begin thinking about how they’ll respond. Your personal statement plays a major role in telling your story to admissions officers; starting early will give you the time you need to do your best.

Over the next few posts, we’ll take a closer look at each of the Common App essay prompts and give you a few pointers to keep in mind as your craft your response. Let’s start with the first prompt:

“Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, please share your story.”

This question gives students a lot of freedom to talk about themselves. But this can be a blessing and a curse. Below are some of our best tips for using the space you have to tell your story.

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Top 5 College Essay Writing Process Dos and Don’ts

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Over the coming weeks we’ll take a closer look at each of the specific essay prompts you’ll have to choose from as you write your Common App personal statement. Creating a memorable and persuasive body of writing is a critical component of your success in the application process.

Before we dive too deeply though, let’s take a quick look at five important dos and don’ts to keep in mind as you’re writing. Following these tips will greatly improve the overall quality of your work and set you up to have a more successful process.

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When Should I Start My College Applications?

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Though you’ve hopefully been putting some preliminary thought into your college application process, the real work begins in earnest the summer after junior year. Once you are past finals, AP exams, or any lingering school commitments, it’s time to turn your attentions to the essays and other pieces that will comprise your application. That said, you should allow yourself a week or two after summer break starts to rest up, before diving back into deep brain work.

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Community College: A Great Stepping Stone

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As you consider your options for college this fall, do not forget about community colleges (CC). They offer general education courses at a much lower cost than traditional universities and many students may find a CC located only a few miles from their home.

Despite the popular trend to enroll straight away in a four-year college or university upon graduating high school, this is not a one-size-fit-all solution. No matter how accomplished or intelligent you are, you still may require time to figure out your academic interests and to ease into the process of pursuing a higher education

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