How To Write The 2020-21 Common App Essay

Recorded Friday, October 2 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.
19:12@anonymous:are you available to critique any essays personally?
46:09@kgayle2:do you think it’s a good idea to write an essay about my religion/how that religion has impacted my life?
47:48@anonymous:can i change common app essay after EA
48:34@jonathanjmoore:Do you state your question, since it is not a provided prompt, or should Prompt 7 just come through in your narrative?
50:09@anonymous:Do you think it's a good idea to write an essay about being a first-generation American and growing up in two different cultures?
51:25@anonymous:i know my personal essay is supposed to be uniquely me, so what is one way I can brainstorm possible topics and does everything have to have an "after" part
53:38@T_Lee:Would an essay about anger towards something be too aggressive and off-putting?
55:11@anonymous:Can you provide any sample essays?
57:05@ardaerb:Is there any such thing as being too personal? Going into familial dynamics and personal experiences without any filter always seems risky to me for some reason.
58:37@anonymous:With the climate of the country right now, would it be a bad idea to write about the Black Lives Movement and how it has affected me?
60:11@anonymous:what did you write your personal essay on?


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