Some students achieve entertainment value by being controversial. Some are able to describe events in such detail that a reader simply must get to the end of the essay.
No matter what tactics you end up using, your goal should be effortless and compelling readability. Brand yourself: In order for your essay to be truly effective, a reader should be able to summarize your subject in a simple sentence.
The Common Application has announced that the 2019-2020 essay prompts will remain the same as the 2018-2019 essay prompts.
Based on extensive counselor feedback, the existing essay prompts provide great flexibility for applicants to tell their unique stories in their own voice.
Talking about your family’s adoption of a three-legged dog and how your pet’s perseverance and quirky attitude influenced the way you live your life, will make a better essay than a super general diatribe on why you like dogs, for example.
If you find yourself getting lost while writing, ask: what am I trying to say about myself, and am I using a specific, compelling example to tell my story? Write first, edit later: When it comes to writing, we are almost always our own worst critics.
So many students want and expect themselves to produce pure, uninhibited brilliance the first time their fingers hit the keys, but that is almost never the way good essay writing works.
Writing a compelling essay is a process, and the best writing can often be plucked from our stream-of-consciousness efforts.
Retaining the essay prompts provides the added benefit of consistency for students, counselors, parents, and members during the admissions process.
Plus, with essay prompts remaining the same, students rolling over their existing Common App accounts have more time to plan and prepare their applications prior to the final year of high school.