Handiwork - Sample Common Application Essay - Option #1

Another thing to do is begin identifying the potential topics you want to consider for your Common App Personal Statement essay. You will be glad to know that the Personal Statement prompt options for 2016-2017 are the same for 2015-2016. Here they are:

THE COMMON APPLICATION ESSAY PROMPTS 2016-2017 In 650 words or less, please respond to one of these prompts:

2017-18 Common Application Essay Sample for Option #3 - ThoughtCo
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No matter which essay option you choose, keep in mind the purpose of the essay. The college to which you are applying uses the Common Application which means the school has . The college wants to get to know you as a person, not just as a list of and . Make sure your essay captures YOU. The admissions folks should finish reading your essay with a much clearer sense of who you are and what it is that interests and motivates you. Also, make sure your essay paints a positive portrait. The admissions folks are considering inviting you to join their community. They will not want to extend an invitation to someone who comes across as insensitive, self-centered, boastful, narrow-minded, unimaginative or indifferent.


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Example and Analysis: Common Application Essay Option 5
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Finally, realize that many topics fit under multiple options on the Common Application. For example, asks about questioning or challenging a belief or idea. This can certainly connect with the idea of a "realization" in option #5. Also, on encountering obstacles could also overlap with some of the possibilities for option #5. Don't worry too much about which option is best if your topic fits in multiple places. Most important is that you write an effective and engaging essay. Be sure to check out this article for .