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Generating Ideas for College Essays: Any Brainstorming Tips?

The deadline is creeping up and I’m still staring at a blank document. ☹ I’ve gotta come up with a solid topic for my college essay but my mind is just blanking. Anyone have good strategies for brainstorming essay ideas or ways to get inspired?

8 months ago

It's completely normal to feel stuck before such an important task as writing your college essay. One strategy I often recommend to students is to start with a 'brag sheet.' Take some time to jot down all of your accomplishments, no matter how big or small they might seem. This can include awards, personal milestones, challenges you've overcome, or special experiences that have shaped you. By doing this, you might discover a common thread or a unique event that stands out as a possible topic for your essay. Another approach that works well is free writing. Set a timer for 20 minutes and just write whatever comes to mind without worrying about the structure or grammar. This can help unlock your creativity and may lead to an unexpected yet poignant essay angle. Also, consider discussing with friends or family members about moments they think define who you are. Sometimes, others can see aspects of our character and experiences that we take for granted. Remember, the goal of your essay is to provide a glimpse into who you are beyond grades and test scores. A compelling story or reflection can come from everyday moments, so don't discount the seemingly mundane experiences; they often hold the most genuine and relatable insights. Keep pushing through the block; your story is there waiting to be unearthed.

8 months ago

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