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How do I choose a topic for my college essay?

I'm struggling to come up with a topic for my college essay that will make me stand out. How did you guys choose your essay topics, and do you have any tips for finding a unique and interesting idea? Thanks for the help!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's totally normal to feel a bit stuck when trying to come up with a college essay topic. The goal is to find something that not only makes you stand out but also truly represents who you are.

When my child was in the same position, we brainstormed together by making a list of their interests, experiences, and values. Then, we considered how those items connected to their personal growth, challenges they've overcome, or goals for the future. This can be a great starting point for narrowing down potential topics.

Another tip is to think about the moments or experiences that have shaped you as a person. These can be big or small – what matters is that they've had a meaningful impact on your life. For example, my child wrote about how their experiences volunteering at a local food bank opened their eyes to the issue of food insecurity and inspired them to fight for change.

Remember, the key is to be genuine and let your personality shine through. Good luck with your essay!

9 months ago

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