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Feeling overwhelmed with Common App essay choices, how do you pick the right one?

Okay, so there's like a million (okay, not literally) Common App essay prompts to choose from, and I’m sort of freaking out about which one to pick. How did you all decide on the best one for you? Does it really make a difference which one I choose, or is it more about how well I write the essay?

8 months ago

It's totally normal to feel overwhelmed by the Common App essay prompts; after all, this essay is a significant piece of your college application. The best advice I can give you is to reflect on your personal experiences and think about which ones have truly shaped who you are. Then, choose the prompt that allows you to share that story in the most engaging and meaningful way.

It's less about selecting the 'right' prompt and more about how effectively you convey your story and the insights you've gained. For example, if you have had a particularly impactful experience that showcases your growth or a challenge you’ve overcome, you might consider the prompt that asks you to describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve.

Remember, the goal is to give admissions officers a glimpse into who you are beyond your grades and test scores. If you can write an essay that is authentic and compelling, you’ve probably chosen the right prompt for you. If you still feel stuck, it might be helpful to jot down some ideas for each prompt and see which one you're most excited to write about or which one best resonates with you. Good luck!

8 months ago

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