The “best idea” will be: Once you find an idea that meets these criteria, you’ll know which prompt you should write!
Now, let’s take a close look at each of the seven Common App prompts to give you some guidance and inspiration.
If this sounds like you, then please share your story. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve.
Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
This wide-open prompt gives you a chance to address interesting life experiences, a unique family dynamic, interests or talents that have inspired you, etc.
Remember that you only have 650 words, so get specific.For instance, instead of a vague essay about your love of music, you could write about how attending your first concert inspired you to make music yourself, so you’re now self-taught on several different instruments.The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Time collects data to deliver the best content, services, and personalized digital ads.We partner with third party advertisers, who may use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on sites and applications across devices, both on our sites and across the Internet.Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure.How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?Luckily, the Common App prompts for 2019-2020 are the same as last year, so you can start preparing now.In this article, we’ll take a look at each of the seven prompt choices and how you can effectively address them.You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices.To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s App Choices app here.