strong writing, and an authentic voice. While there is no magic topic that will automatically ensure admission at the college of your dreams, there are experiences everyone has that you can use to find your strongest possible application essays.
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As a writer who helps college-bould students with their essays, I can see pluses and minuses to the new UC prompts.
One of the pluses is that the questions should take some of the mystery out of what the admission office "wants." The questions are straightforward, which makes it easier to come up with direct answers. The need for an artful personal essay, a form not taught in most high schools, is reduced.
On the other hand, the prompts mean more work for many. Students who are applying to UC schools and other colleges will need to write these four essays and the longer personal essay required for the Common Application and the new Coalition application.
Not that students have much choice. The only choice is to make sure to accept that in the college application process the essays can make a big difference, a topic I take up at greater length here:
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A strong GPA and high standardized test scores aren't the only things required when filling out college applications. Most college applications also require students to submit an essay in response to a given prompt, and that is often the part that students dread the most. That's why it helps for students to understand the most common college essay topics and how to approach them.