Applicants who can articulate their thoughts and feelings while showcasing malleability and willingness to thoughtfully consider the ideas of others will likely stand out as valuable additions to any campus.If this prompt jumps out at you because you have a very specific story to tell or opinion to voice, run with it!
It can be something as small as seeing an episode of a television show (are you living life in the Upside Down?
) or as large as the struggle of moving to a foreign country (especially if you had to leave behind grandma’s cooking).
) So 2019-20 college applicants, like those who came before them in 2017--19, will have seven (that’s right, seven) essay prompts to choose from.
This wide range of questions, meant to inspire candidates in their search for compelling personal stories, is ideal for exploring essay topics of all tones, styles, and subjects.
Focus on the key words, “background,” “identity,” “interest,” and “talent,” and use them as launch points for your brainstorming.
What about your history, personality, hobbies, or accomplishments might be worth highlighting for an admissions officer?
Remember, these essays are not contemplative musings on your toughest times or reflections on the hiccups that populate everyday life (though these things can certainly be touched upon); they are about overcoming obstacles and refusing to submit to life’s greatest challenges. This prompt requires a student to speak passionately about beliefs and ideology, which are often onerous subjects that can be difficult to mold into compact stories.
It can be one of the hardest questions to steer in a positive, productive direction without traveling into preachy, overly didactic territory.
Students’ personal stories and feats of insight will again be relegated to 650 words, which equates to a little more than a single-spaced page.
We happen to believe this is the perfect amount of space in which to make a quick and powerful impression with admissions (or write a comprehensive fan letter to Beyoncé), so as far as we’re concerned, you’re golden.