The prompts are just supposed to be starting points.
That said, you can set yourself up for success from the start by choosing a topic that lets you show your strengths.
- One piece of advice I would give to every student is to ask someone who know's them a little bit, to read their essay and to tell them what impressions they have of you after reading the essay.
- I think the essays that work best are actually quite simple.
Don’t get overwhelmed trying to pick the right one.
My suggestion is to just read through them and narrow down to one or two that really speak to you.And the best way to be interesting is to avoid boring, overused answers that admissions officers will have read literally thousands of times.Here are a few things to avoid writing about: Really, the success of your essay will come down not to what you write about, but how.Standing out from everyone else could put you in the running for additional scholarships and will also simply make a good impression, which never hurts.It’s impossible to write an article covering every possible essay prompt you could encounter in the college application process. S., the types of questions vary somewhat among different schools – to say nothing of what you might encounter at schools in other countries. For some good examples, here are the five questions from this year’s Common Application (a kind of “master application” accepted by many U. colleges and universities): As you can see, these questions are all very open-ended. Colleges want to give you as much freedom as possible to show them who you are.Don’t pick a prompt just because you think answering it will make you sound “impressive.” This quote by former Stanford University Dean of Admissions Robin Mamlet focuses on course selection, but it applies perfectly to essays as well: it that matters.Whatever application process you’re going through, you’ll likely have a choice of several questions.And he wrote about how people were treating him as they went through the drive through. He called himself an undercover anthropologist, which admittedly was a little nerdy in a Brown sort of way.But I liked his essay because, I was able to see what he was seeing and feel what he was feeling.I think students get really caught up in thinking that this essay has to emcompass your entire life and it has to be groundbreaking and, you know, publishable quality.And that's a lot to ask of a high school student.