Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
The five Common App topics, revamped in 2013, will stay the same for the 2014-15 admissions cycle.
Ultimately, you will have to choose one topic and compose a 650-word-or-less essay that wins the hearts and minds of college admissions officers.
It is a chance for you to write a story where you are not the hero, at least in a traditional, conquering sense.
In a world of flattering selfies, exaggerated resumes, and a top 20 hit that repeats the phrase “I’m the man” 38 times, it can be refreshing to hear someone willingly talk about their shortcomings and less proud moments.
Prompt 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. What sparks your interest and imagination when you’re on these trips?
How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
Conflict is so often at the center of a great story.
Subsequent growth in the wake of failure can give insight into your character, resilience, and depth.
In brainstorming this one, reflect on your life’s setbacks and whether they led to maturation or enlightenment.