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Do colleges prefer a certain type of essay topic?

Hi everyone, I'm trying to brainstorm essay topics and I was wondering if there's a certain type of topic that colleges prefer or if it's more about how well the essay is written. Any advice would be helpful, thanks!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're starting to brainstorm essay topics. In general, colleges don't necessarily prefer a specific type of topic. What they're really looking for is a well-written essay that reveals your unique personality, experiences, and perspective.

When selecting a topic, consider focusing on something that highlights your growth or an experience that has shaped you. This could be a personal challenge you've overcome, a memorable moment, or an activity you're passionate about. Remember that the topic itself isn't as important as what it reveals about you and how you write about it.

For example, my child wrote about their experience volunteering at a local animal shelter. While it may not be the most unique topic, they were able to showcase their empathy, dedication, and growth over time. The key is to be authentic and genuine in your writing.

Feel free to bounce ideas off others, but ultimately, go with a topic that you feel strongly about and that you can write about with depth and insight. Good luck with your essay writing process!

9 months ago

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