Your college essay is your opportunity to personalize your application and make yourself stand out from the other applicants.
Select your topic for the essay from the choices of prompts listed here, or use one from an application you obtain during the summer when you visit colleges. This assignment should be practical. Therefore, if you know a specific topic on an application for a college to which you are applying, feel free to use that topic. At the top of the essay, type the topic you have chosen from our list or from your application. The teacher needs to see the prompt to which you are responding, so she can evaluate how well you are addressing it. These essay prompts listed here have appeared on the common application and on applications from individual colleges. The essay you write in the summer may be adjusted and revised to fit other similar topics.
- Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
- Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
- Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
- Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
VERY IMPORTANT!!! - The essay will demonstrate to the admissions staff your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. It presents you in a way different from the way courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data can. You must proofread carefully and revise the essay very well. A well-written essay may make a major difference in your being accepted and possibly receiving scholarships. Careless errors will make a poor impression, may cost you admission, and may eliminate a chance for a scholarship. A weak essay will jeopardize your grade in English for the first semester.
2.) PERSONAL RESUME:
Create a personal resume in Family Connection. Provide information through junior year. If you know what your senior activities (clubs, offices, sports, employment, volunteer work, etc.) will be, include that information also.
3.) REFLECTION PARAGRAPH:
Describe in a reflective paragraph (150-200 words) which of the activities or awards holds the most meaning for you. THIS REFLECTIVE PARAGRAPH IS WORTH 25 POINTS.