COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAY

OUR APPROACH

The Common Application Essay gives each applicant the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the individual’s character and personality. It is the chance to share something central to the applicant’s identity and must reflect the voice of the student.
Through guided Free Writing, we work with the student to find a meaningful topic about which to write. From there, we work on an essay that is authentic, compelling and well-written.
While each student is different, it should take between 5-8 sessions to craft a polished Common Application Essay.
We are then ready to work on the Supplemental Essays of varying lengths.
The essays allow the school to know the student better and become excited that he or she join their incoming class of freshmen and the community at large.

COMMON APP INSTRUCTIONS 

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response.
Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal.
Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. (The application won’t accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. 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? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. 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 that is 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. [No change]

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

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that 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? [New]

7. 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. [New]

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