The college application essay is your opportunity to distinguish yourself as something more than an anonymous collection of academic stats and achievements.
We hope that students can see themselves in one or more of the prompts and that by having a range of options to choose from, they will feel excited rather than intimidated by the writing process." And once again, if you plan to apply to a school that doesn’t accept the Common App, these 7 variations on the college essay prompt can still be a great source of insight and practice as you prepare for your actual college essay.
You might alternately be given a space in which to craft a “personal statement” of your own design.
Meredith Lombardi, Associate Director of Outreach and Education at the Common Application, offers a few tips on exactly what admissions officers are seeking from a great application essay.
Depending on your comfort level with the written word, crafting a college application essay is either an exciting opportunity to share something meaningful about yourself with the college of your choice, or it’s a terrifying exercise in academic purgatory.