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09/04/2019

What should I write about for my college essay?

QUESTION
What should I write about for my college essay?
Choose an issue of importance to you- the issue could be personal, school related, local, political, or international in scope- and write an essay in which you explain the significance of that issue to yourself, your family, your community, or your generation.

Any ideas of what I should write about. Early applications start August 1st.

ANSWER
Your college essay should say something about yourself that is not present on other parts of your application. For example, don’t write about winning the state soccer championship, because the admissions people can see that you played soccer on the “extracurricular activities” section. For this essay prompt, the best response would be to write about an issue you feel strongly about, and add a personal connection. Make it interesting, make it personal, and make it a window into your personality.

For example, for writing about an “issue,” you might write how you originally thought there should be strict immigration laws because your mother lost her job to migrant workers, but after you met a close friend from Mexico, you changed your views. This tells a little about your personality and shows you are able to look at an issue intelligently.

Do NOT write about sports, your parents / grandparents as “heroes,” or an intense personal issue (like depression.) These themes are overdone and you will not stand out if you use one.

Good luck!