I am a senior currently I would like to write about a project I did in middle school. It was one of those projects projects where you have to do all the work yourself and in doing so I discovered things about myself like that I like to debate, am curious and open minded, etc. however, I know it is suggested to right personal essays about something other than academics, and this might be a bad topic for that.
No topic is a bad topic unless it’s super disputable or controversial. Ur topic sounds personal and important to u and there is nothing bad about mentioning it. The essay in general is one place that gives u the freedom to mention something significant to ur life and to me it sounds like this project is close to ur heart. So I suggest u go for it : )
Since you're already feeling uncertain about this topic, and because this experience is from middle school, I'd recommend avoiding it - especially since this is for the Common App, which all schools will see. Colleges want to know what kind of person you are currently, and not who you were in middle school. If you feel very strongly about this experience, you could make it work, but only if you focus less on the middle school part, and more on your growth throughout high school that was sparked by the project.
Also, keep in mind that the experience you choose doesn't have to be extremely unique or eye-catching. You can write a fantastic essay about a more common experience - people have written strong essays about Costco or taking a shower! What matters is that you're sharing your personality and voice.
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