The Common Application has a list of possible topics for your essay

It is always a pleasure to read a “funny” essay. A unique topic or approach is often refreshing to a college admissions officer who has been reading applications all day. Further, an unusual or off-beat essay is an excellent way to show your creativity. However, you should not attempt to be funny if this is not your natural personality or voice. Your comfort level as a writer is a serious factor in the success of your essay. The more natural you sound the better.

questions for the Common Application are available on the Essay Topics page.
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#1 You have creative license in your Common Application essay. The topics are designed to “inspire and structure,” not limit and determine your response.


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mistake: choosing a cliche (also known as, common) college application essay topic.
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IT FINALLY HAPPENED. The return, not of the , not of the , not even of the , but of the topic of your choice. Feared by some, coveted by others, and legendary in its existence, regardless of where you stand on the issue, this is a newsworthy edition to the 2017-18 Common App prompt choices. For years, students have been treating Prompt #1 (which asks about your background, etc.) as Topic of Your Choice Light—it wasn’t exactly the delicious, full-freedom version students were looking for, but they were able to make it work in a pinch. Perhaps it was the Coalition Application’s inclusion of a topic of your choice in their (which will remain the same this year) that pressured the Common App to bring back the any-flavor-you-wish option to their application. Regardless of the reason, applicants around the world likely let out a big exhale when they saw they could serve up a big scoop of Prompt #7 to admissions this year.