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Absolutely - as long as it is written well, you can write your common app essay about pretty much anything you want. The entire point of the essay is to humanize you as a person and make the admissions officers think of you more than just a list of courses and test scores. From what you're describing, such as a day that changed you completely, it sounds like your essay would fit either Prompt #2 (2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?) or Prompt #5 (5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.) Use these prompts to help focus whatever you want to write about into something that will impact the college admission officers.
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