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General Information about the college essay and Overview:
The college essay is arguably the most important and potentially most difficult part of the application process. It may take multiple months to come up with a finished product for the common application essay. This is an applicant’s chance to create an unfiltered product, something that goes directly from the applicant to the admissions board. This is why the essay is of vital importance and holds such weight. Below are links to help you through the essay process. They are separated by links to help with background info, picking college application essay topics, writing the essay, resources to receive feedback and examples of successful essays as well as links for supplemental essay help.
A Quick Note on College Application Essay Topics and College Admissions Essay Topics:
There is no set topic for a college essay. In actuality a college essay can be about almost anything because the common app questions are so vague. It just has to accomplish a few key goals. It has to be well written, demonstrate the writer's "voice", leave an impression on its reader, be personal in nature, reveal something about the writer and give its reader a sense of the writer as a person. One of the most difficult parts of the essay process is to come up with a great topic to write about, however any topic can be suitable. There are ways to brainstorm potential topics and they are in below. It is normal to go through more than ten essay drafts to determine a suitable essay topic and then through multiple more drafts on that final essay topic to create a finished product.
Ways to Brainstorm College Essay Topics:
Think of answers to these questions. They may bring up some topics you want to write about or explore deeper. Also reading other successful essays serves as inspiration and demonstrates what needs to be accomplished, do this before brainstorming. Scroll up to “exclusive college essay examples” on this page.
- Think back to your earliest memory. Is that a story you want to tell?
- What makes you unique?
- How does your family view you differently from your friends? What caused this difference in opinion?
- What is your passion in life? What sets your heart on fire? How did you discover this?
- What is something only a few people know about you? What is something about yourself that only you know?
- What do you think about when you are alone?
- What events have led you to becoming a more mature person? What forced you to grow up?
- Are there certain things or activities that you avoid and that many people around you take part in? Why?
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