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Tips for selecting the best Common App essay prompt?

I'm stuck and could really use some help. How did you guys decide on which Common App essay prompt to go with? I'm a junior trying to get a head start on my applications and want to make sure I pick a topic that best represents me. What factors should I be considering?

8 months ago

I'm glad you're beginning to think about this early, it's a wise move! When advising students on selecting a Common App essay prompt, I always encourage them to reflect on which aspects of their life are most meaningful to them. The goal is to choose a prompt that allows you to showcase a quality or story that isn't evident elsewhere in your application. Think about experiences that have shaped you or challenges you've overcome. These are the narratives that can make your essay stand out to admissions committees. Also, try writing a brief response to each prompt. Often, one will feel more natural and give you more to say. And remember, it's less about selecting the 'perfect' prompt and more about writing a genuine essay that gives insights into who you are as a person. Good luck!

8 months ago

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