This really is an opportunity to write about anything you want! A word of caution to those who view this new essay prompt as an easy way out of writing a new essay by selecting a previous work to use for this option— do not simply upload the last essay you earned an “A” on in your English or History class. No matter what topic you choose, allow some time for additional editing. This essay should be an excellent example of your writing abilities and should also demonstrate something significant to or about you. Think about what you want the admissions committee to know about you. Consider what the content of the essay might say about you as a person. What does it reveal about your way of thinking, values, ? How might it enhance the other portions of your application?
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A well-thought out and well-developed essay of any true substance is not only not possible in 250 words, it’s barely possible in 450 words. This is why none of our clients have ever submitted a Common App essay consisting of fewer than 450 words. With that said, the true sweet spot in Common Application essay writing, for this current year’s prompts and prompts going back over a decade, is 500 to 650 words. This was even the case a few years ago when the Common App limited students to a mere 500 words. That experiment lasted for such a short time because colleges were getting such transparently superficial essays that they were a waste of time and effort for students and completely lacking any valuable insight helpful to college admissions officers.
How to Write the Common Application Essays 2017-2018
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What you can see in these entries is the contrast between writers who write what they want to say (the winners) and those who write what the contest judges want to hear (the losers). Therein lies the critical key for those of you involved in, or planning to become involved in, the college application process. This is when you will confront the application essay challenge.