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How do I pick a college essay topic?

Hi all! I'm a junior starting to think about the college essay process and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are so many possible topics to write about, but how do I pick the right one? What makes an essay topic stand out to admissions officers? Any guidance would be super helpful!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're starting to think about your college essay early. Picking the right topic can be challenging, but remember that the best topics are often those that showcase your personality, interests, and experiences. To start, try brainstorming a list of moments, events, or realizations that have been meaningful in your life. Then, consider which of these stories reveal something unique about you, and how they might connect to your academic and personal goals. Admissions officers are looking for essays that not only illustrate your writing skills, but also provide insight into who you are as an individual. It might be helpful to share your list or drafts with a trusted friend, teacher, or counselor, as they can provide valuable feedback. Ultimately, choose a topic that feels authentic to you and that you're excited to write about. Good luck and happy writing!

9 months ago

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