Tuesday, February 5, 2013

OMG the new essay topics!!

I literally squealed when I opened the email from the Common App announcing the new essay topics for the Common App 4. The NACAC session this fall (where I got to sit on the floor) really built up the anticipation for the new essays - most notably the end of the 'choose your own topic' choice and the enforcement of a new hard cut off in terms of word count. So, here is the deal: essays now must be between 250 and 650 words. And the essay prompts are:

• Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

• Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

• Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

• Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

• Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, I'm in love. **Attention overeager Juniors -- do not start drafting your essay now. It is too early!**

Image (JFK's college essay)