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How do I choose a compelling topic for my college essay?

Hi guys, I'm a junior in high school and I'm starting to brainstorm ideas for my college essay. I want to choose a topic that will be interesting and memorable, but I'm not sure where to start. What tips or strategies can you share for choosing a compelling essay topic? Thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're starting to think about your college essay early. Choosing a compelling topic can make a significant difference in the admissions process. As a parent who has been through this journey with my own child, I can share some tips that worked for us. First, reflect on your personal experiences, values, and interests. Think about any challenges you've overcome, accomplishments you're proud of, or unique perspectives you can bring to the table. These can be excellent starting points for a memorable essay. Second, avoid overused topics like mission trips, sports victories, or generic volunteer experiences. While these can be meaningful, they might not help you stand out from other applicants. Instead, focus on an aspect of your life that is authentic and less common. Finally, don't be afraid to get creative with your approach. You can use humor, storytelling, or other writing techniques to engage your reader. Just make sure your essay still conveys a clear message and stays true to who you are. Good luck with your brainstorming and remember that the best essay topics often come from your own unique experiences and perspectives!

9 months ago

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