Common App Essay prompts

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it.
  • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success.
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea.

3. How to format your common application essay?

Structuring Your Common App Essay

  1. Make a plan. Plan, plan and then plan some more.
  2. Introduce your ideas. Once you’ve completed your outline, turn your attention to your introduction.
  3. Work paragraph by paragraph. Each paragraph needs to lay out the main ideas clearly and show how they interlink with each other.
  4. Round off with something memorable.

4. Which Common App essay prompt should you choose?

“Which essay prompt should I pick from the Common Application ?” is one of the most frequent questions I hear as an Essay Coach. Here is my answer. Choose the prompt that: Prompts some ideas (brainstorm!) Tells a story that shows something positive and interesting about your character, passions or scholastic ability.