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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.
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.
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.
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.