2017-18 Common Application Essay Prompts: Tips, Samples

Many students trip over common obstacles in their college application essays. For example, many students can’t see beyond the superficial prompt to construct an essay that positively communicates their personality and passion. Some students rehash their activities and achievements without adding the personal flavor, perspective and substance that admissions officers look for. Learn how to avoid these and other damaging traps.

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The Common Application is changing up its essay prompts for the 2017-2018 college admission cycle. But what do these changes mean for you?
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Essays, perhaps next to the SAT, may be the most feared and stressed-over component of college applications. We’ve discussed the finer points of essay writing many times here. Before you start working on your Common Application essay and the associated Common Application supplements that colleges just love to throw your way, you need to start seeing yourself in the proper perspective in regards to being an applicant to your candidate colleges. This stratagem applies even if you’re not aiming for the top, as with the Ivies and other elites. Knowing who you are and how you think, plus being able to express that in an articulate statement, will go a long way in advancing your admission chances, regardless of where you are applying.