Colleges want curious, persistent, articulate, and self-aware students. The Common Application essay topics throw the door wide open for each applicant to show how he or she is that kind of person.
Hello parents and students! The time has come. The 2015-2016 college application season has officially begun. The Common Application essay topics have been confirmed and students all over the world are getting ready to warm up their creative brains and typing fingers and launch into essay-writing action. We at CEA love the new (and mostly improved) essay questions, which are quite similar to last year’s choices. The new prompts are refreshingly open to creative interpretation, allowing room for personal expression while also delineating some helpful guidelines for students to follow. While it is true that the Common Application essay prompts are quite flexible, it is still helpful to know just what admissions will be looking for when they read personal statements in each of these categories. What are these questions really asking? How do the prompts intend to pull students down the path of self-reflection? How can they be used to showcase a student’s best assets and personality? Below, I break down each of the five prompts, delivering tips and tricks for answering each of these provocative prompts. Keep in mind, students only have to choose and respond to one of the five choices- unless they feel like answering the other four just for fun. To any students for whom this is the case, please contact me immediately upon your college graduation because you’re hired. Now, for the breakdown!
Common App Essay Topics 2013-14
Acceptance letters aren’t even out yet for most California college bound students, but next year’s application season has unofficially kicked off with the release of the new Common Application Essay Topics. If you are a junior in high school, this is important information for you! Ideally, after you take an SAT and/or ACT this spring, you can spend some of your time this summer to draft your essays for college applications.