Summer is going by quickly as it always does. Those of you heading into your senior year know you need to turn off the TV and turn on your attention to some college prep activities, like getting going on those college application essays. To get you in the mood, read this article by Lynn O’Shaughnessy. She offers great info, tricks, tips and useful links.
Students who are applying to the roughly 500 colleges and universities that use the “common application” can get a sneak peak at what the six college essay topicswill be. You can check out the writing prompts on the preview latest application. Students can’t begin filling it out until Aug. 1.
Nearly all the schools that use the Common Application are private, and they include many of the nation’s most prestigious schools. Here are the six essay topics for the coming admission season:
1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
2. Discuss some issue of personal local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
3. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
4. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
5. A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the important of diversity to you.
6. Topic of your choice.
The six college essay topics are contained in the preview Common Application that you can find on the organization’s website. Any student applying to a school using the application can’t get carried away with their college essay topic — it can’t exceed 500 words.
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