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Is it necessary to write all the Common App essays?

Hey everyone! I'm starting to tackle the Common App and noticed there's a bunch of essay prompts. Do I have to write an essay for each prompt, or can I just choose one that resonates with me the most and stick with that?

8 months ago

Hey there! Good question – I'm glad you're starting to think about your essays early. You're not alone in wondering this! The Common Application actually requires you to write just one essay from the prompts provided. So, yes, you should absolutely choose just the one that resonates with you the most!

Selecting a prompt that you feel a personal connection to will likely result in a more authentic and compelling essay. This is your chance to share something meaningful about yourself with admissions officers. That being said, if none of them truly speak to you up front, it's okay to write your essay first and then figure out which prompt it aligns best with. The prompts are open-ended enough that you shouldn't have any issues if you take this approach.

Good luck with your writing, and don't hesitate to reach out if you need help brainstorming or editing!

8 months ago

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