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How do I choose the right prompt for the Common App essay?

Hi everyone, I'm a junior and I'm starting to think about the Common App essay. There are several prompts to choose from, and I'm not sure which one is the best fit for me. Any advice on how to choose the right prompt? Thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Hello! It's great to hear that you're getting a head start on your Common App essay. Choosing the right prompt can indeed be a little overwhelming, but with a bit of reflection, you'll be able to find the best fit for you.

First, take some time to think about your experiences, accomplishments, and any challenges you've faced. Reflect on what makes you unique and which aspects of your life you'd like to highlight in your essay. This will help you identify the topics that resonate with you the most.

Next, read through the prompts carefully and see which ones align with the topics you've identified. Don't be afraid to think outside the box, as some prompts can be interpreted in various ways. For instance, my child chose the 'problem you've solved or would like to solve' prompt and wrote about a personal challenge they overcame, rather than a traditional problem.

Lastly, remember that the focus of your essay should be on you and your personal growth. Choose a prompt that allows you to showcase your strengths, values, and character. Good luck!

9 months ago

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