2 years ago
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College prompt - moving?

I understand that moving is a very cliche topic, especially for international students. But my life has honestly been centered around moving.

I moved to Canada when I was six from Korea, and to different cities within, then to England, then to boarding school in NorCal.

I personally think it’s one of the many reasons that shaped me today.

So is it a good idea?

I would mainly be writing about how it’s been hard to commit to one thing, but my passion and hobbies such as art and theatre has always been the main thing I held onto. It helped me keep sane during all of the changes I was almost forced into because of the environment and new starts.

(But I’m not majoring in art or theatre, it’s just a big passion of mine) Which could be an issue but i want to go to a liberal arts college so I don’t have a definite major yet.

I also wanted to start my essay off with an object that was a consistent theme in my life. Would a box be okay? And I would try to make it a little anecdotal?


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2 years ago

Writing about moving sounds like something that is, at least in principle, a suitable topic. As a really international person, I think you have a somewhat skewed view on how many people get to live in two or more cities during the first 18 years of their life. Moving, especially moving internationally, is not all that common of an experience, so I'd disagree with the idea that it's a cliché topic per se. While you can certainly fall into the trap of writing a cliché essay centered around moving, you can also write a really creative essay about it!

Keep us updated on your situation, and good luck :)

2 years ago


If moving is something that really shaped you and you wouldn't be who you are today without it then you should! Moving can mean different things for everyone and your perspective especially of moving internationally is different. Writing about how no matter where you were the constants in your life have kept you grounded shows colleges more about who you are, past the stats. I wish you the best of luck!

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