My suggestion is to just read through them and narrow down to one or two that really speak to you.
There are so many ways to succeed at these essays, so long as you keep your approach interesting.
And the best way to be interesting is to avoid boring, overused answers that admissions officers will have read literally thousands of times.
It’s impossible to write an article covering every possible essay prompt you could encounter in the college application process. S., the types of questions vary somewhat among different schools – to say nothing of what you might encounter at schools in other countries. For some good examples, here are the five questions from this year’s Common Application (a kind of “master application” accepted by many U. colleges and universities): As you can see, these questions are all very open-ended. Colleges want to give you as much freedom as possible to show them who you are.
The prompts are just supposed to be starting points.
This is especially important to note if you’re aiming to attend a very competitive school – everyone applying is going to have a high GPA, a laundry list of advanced classes, and will have been president of every student organization since the dawn of mankind. So treat a college application essay as a tool for standing out in ways the robots can’t.
It’s a lot like the cover letter you write when applying for a job – it’s your chance to reveal the person behind the accomplishments and statistics.
However, most people don’t have such novel experiences. Don’t think that your life is too “boring” to provide material for a great essay. As I mentioned before, it’s best to start with brainstorming.
With the right approach, you can still write an essay that wows. Once you’ve followed the process I described and have a list of, say, 10-15 topics, I recommend doing a bit of free writing for each.
Essay topics range from very specific to open-ended.
The University of Chicago is known for its unusual essay prompts in its undergraduate admissions application, including "What would you do with a foot-and-a-half-tall jar of mustard"?