Common App Essay Prompts Announced
Got some time to think? Why not think about the Common Application essay prompt?
I remember, oh so well, my high school essay assignments which usually went like this: consider the topic, gather research, compose a well-written essay, and hand it in on time. Sound familiar?
Then, consider the 2017-2018 Common App essay prompts which have been just released. Why wait until your back is against the wall to think about them, agonize over which ones to answer, craft a meaningful essay, and have it in by deadline time?
Here are some tips:
Make an appointment in your calendar for “review common essay prompts.”
Review all seven (7) and jot a few notes down for those that appeal to you, and cross off (for now) the ones that you can’t relate to…yet. (I say “yet,” because you may find that you DO relate to it down the road.)
Give the ones that you like a number. Number 1 is the essay you’ll work on first, then go down the line until you have a list of priorities.
Talk to a family member, or longtime friend, who can help. Sometimes we don’t always know ourselves like we think we do.
Say you like 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.”
Write down your skills, experiences, and hobbies and soon you’ll be on your way to a draft.
Being in control of the essay process, and not have it turn into an overwhelming English assignment, is really in your capable hands.
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