A few blogs ago we mentioned that the summer is a perfect time to start thinking about those colleges essay.
Well now you can think about them using the REAL questions.
The Common Application recently released their 2016/2017 questions.
And here they are:
2016-2017 Essay Prompts
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
These should get you thinking!
1. Talk to Your Senior Friends
Before all of your senior friends head off to college, summer is a great time to talk to them about where they are going.
Ask them what was special about the college they picked. What stood out? What made them sure it was the place for them.
Talking to future college freshman is a great way for you to start thinking about how you might find your own colleges (and who knows you made learn about a new college or two).
2. Start Brainstorming College Essay Ideas
Remember that handy dandy notebook we mentioned a few blog posts ago?
That is a great place to start capturing ideas for your college essays.
Don't worry. You don't have to start writing them (yet).
But if something exciting happens to you this summer or your mom tell you a funny story about something you did as a kid, write it down. It may make for fantastic essay content down the road.
3. Visit a Local College
There is usually a college or two located in or near your hometown.
Even if you know there is no way that you will apply to that college, it still might be worth a visit.
Being on a college campus lets you start getting a feel for what college is really like.
Do you feel overwhelmed on the large state school's campus? Perhaps a smaller school is for you.
Love the awesome library - make sure you check out the libraries as you start to add colleges to your list.
4. Follow Your Passions
Do you love playing the flute, volunteering at your local soup kitchen or playing rugby?
The summer is the perfect time to spend some time doing what you love most.
So, you may ask, how does this help with my college applications?
Colleges love passionate students and they especially love students who spend time on those passions. Use the summer to show your colleges what you love to do.
5. Have some fun. Seriously.
College applications can be stressful and there is a ton going on your senior year. Enjoy your summer. Get a cool job, go to the beach, spend time with friends - make the most of it!
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