How To Write The 2020-21 Common App Essay

Recorded Monday, September 14 at 09:00 PM

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Learn how to write an awesome Common App essay for every single prompt.

Yesh Datar, will provide an in-depth breakdown of each of the Common App essay prompts, discussing how to write a great essay in response to each one. He'll also share his take on the essays and topics you shouldn't write about for each prompt.

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Undergrad College: Boston University '20

Major: Medical Science

Graduate College: Boston University School of Medicine

Work Experience: I've been working at CollegeVine for 3 years mentoring students through BS/MD and undergraduate admissions. I am currently a medical student and have done research at Boston Medical Center, Dana-Farber, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Yesh and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
23:05@anonymous:What if I did a rap as a unconventional essay? What do you think about that?
42:19@anonymous:How do you insert your profile for the profile livestream coming up on tuesday
49:23@anonymous:For the rap idea, can you add a link to a video for your essay? Thinking that this would supplement the written portion?
50:33@anonymous:For the essay review session can we submit the essay if it is above the word count?
53:02@theseventhIBgod:In general, what are the most important things to keep in mind when approaching the Common App Essays?
54:57@Jay:If I have a passion and very strong opinion on a subject (non-controversial, non-political) that isnt mentioned anywhere else on my application, and i want to state my opinion about it and why i formed that opinion, what Prompt would that fall under?
56:45@anonymous:who am i will fall into prompt one correct?
59:45@anonymous:If all my extracurriculars pertain to business, but I have a strong passion for Thai dance, would it hurt me to write my commonapp on that, or should I write it about an extra-curricular or service project that I've done?
60:17@anonymous:Is it necessary to include values/personal growth? What if I wrote an essay that was more focused on creative writing?


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