Because we are committed to getting you the most timely and comprehensive essay advice on the interweb, we have made a guide to help you navigate the ins and outs of all seven prompts. ) into our pool of essay advice, we’d like to leave you with one last little secret: the prompts are not actually as important as you think they are.In fact, in our instructional writing course and private advising, we encourage applicants to root around for their most meaningful stories first and consider the prompts later.
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.
The subject you choose may not necessarily be one that you are in full agreement with, either.
For example, in college, you may be asked to write a paper from the opposing point of view.
In an argumentative essay, opinions matter and controversy is based on opinions, which are, hopefully, backed up by facts.
If these topics are a little too controversial or you don't find the right one for you, try browsing through persuasive essay topics as well.
We have always believed that essays about overcoming obstacles are most effective when they focus more on solutions than problems.
Accordingly, Prompt #2 essays should be predominantly filled with a student’s response, outlook, and demeanor when presented with one of life’s many hurdles, rather than a detailed account of the hurdle itself.
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?