Writing the Common Application Essay

The Common App is officially up and running today! However, the essay topics have been up for quite a while and are ready for you to tackle!

You can find them here

Some of my students have already started and find themselves with writer’s block as they find it difficult to find a topic that matches the prompts. This is absolutely normal and I strongly recommend they go in reverse if that is the case. Think about what part of you you really want to share or you think is important to share with Admissions. Is it something about your values, your interests, your goals, etc?

You should ask those who know you best to describe you or tell you what they think makes you unique. For additional ideas, check out our free guide on our website Elite Advantage Prep under the resources section.

As easy as it may be to just start writing right away, it’s best to start with an outline. It will help you organize your thoughts and more importantly, ensure you are answering the question and staying on topic. It’s also the best way to ensure all your important points and details are included in your essay.

Once you start writing you may find that you are over the word limit. I want you to embrace it. After you finish writing it, then go back and edit it to remove all the parts that aren’t important. This ensures your writing is concise and includes all the key points you’d like to get across.

As you write, make sure the essay is about you and true to your values and character. If you are working with a consultant, make sure you are comfortable with their recommendations. Do not work with someone that makes you sacrifice your integrity during this process.

Lastly, have fun!! This process should not be torturous, but rather some time to reflect on the person you are, lessons you’ve learned, and what you can share with others on a college campus.

Ready? Set. Write!

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