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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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Tackling Common App Essay Prompt #1

Yikes, a bit overwhelmed here. How do I even approach the first Common App essay prompt? What makes an amazing essay for that 'background, identity, interest, or talent' topic?

7 months ago

Hello there! No need to feel overwhelmed. The key to a strong response to Common App Essay Prompt #1 is to focus on something truly special about yourself. Think about what aspects of your background, identity, interests, or talents are most important to you.

For example, do you engage in a unique hobby that has shaped how you see the world? Or is there an element of your cultural background that has influenced your life in profound ways? Remember, the essay should provide insight into who you are beyond your grades and test scores. Share a story that is singular to you, something that someone else couldn't just copy and paste into their application.

Make sure to illustrate with specific details to bring your story to life. It's not just about what you choose to write about, but how you tell your story. Stay true to your voice, and the right colleges will take note. Best of luck!

7 months ago

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