All you need is to find that one magic topic idea. When was a time you were most afraid? This gives you more to write about yourself: How you felt about that problem, the steps you took to manage it, and most important, what you learned about yourself, others and the world in the process.
In fact, oftentimes the most effective essays tell tiny stories that illustrate a larger personality trait or passion. Did you FAIL at anything? Have you ever been in love? Sports-leadership, teamwork, dedication, passion, achievement, competition, spirit, growth extracurriculars-going above and beyond, volunteering, sustaining excellence, balancing multiple obligations, potential leadership social acceptance-insight, analysis, relationships, humanity AP English composition-academic excellence, dedication to academics, focus, industriousness, will, interest, potential family and background-Connections, support, love, hardship, learning, growth, forgiveness, understanding Can you see where we can go with this?
Create two piles in front of the writers: a Common Application prompt pile and a college prompt pile.
Problems come in many shapes and forms. Will you do anything? The challenge is the writers must find some way to address the prompts, even if it seems silly or far fetched and even if they would never choose it in real life. What does that mean?
Set the timer for five to 10 minutes and have writers write anything that comes to mind. Always think about what your words, sentences, and paragraphs represent. They do not need to be impressive, momentous, catastrophes or tragedies, although those can work, too. Include both the Common Application prompts and some prompts directly from colleges, like ones from the University of Chicago. Did you feel compelled to help but felt powerless in the situation because of the power of the social situation? At any rate, applying to college feels overwhelming for every high schooler at times, especially when it comes to the essay.
Yes, it can be that simple. I know this is a lot to take in at once. The subjects that pop into your brain first are floating at the surface for a reason, even if just to lead you one step closer to your final, brilliant idea.
This could be an excellent essay: Write about how you make fancy lunches for your picky little sisters. In fact, oftentimes the most effective essays tell tiny stories that illustrate a larger personality trait or passion. It also means you had to deal with something; you had to handle that problem. They do not need to be impressive, momentous, catastrophes or tragedies, although those can work, too. The beauty is that we all have faced many problems, big and small.
Maybe your little sisters are all picky eaters another problem! Ah, if only it was that easy. Create a voice memo or video that records your response. Why do you love these things? These 5 offshoots that I thought of off the top of my head represent sports, extracurriculars, a larger scope of HS life, academic courses, and background. And that you start to get an idea of how you can use these to write about yourself to start your college application essay.