The College Essay
Try it - Cold write the beginning of a college essay based on the following prompt. You have five minutes.
Advanced technology is becoming an ever more popular tool as a classroom resource. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of advanced technology as it has affected you as a learner.
Some colleges use the essay to help them select their students, while others do not require an essay. Most, however, do not object to having an essay submitted. Because competition for admission is keen, an essay might help the committee select you even though you might not meet their entrance criteria.
2016-2017 Common Application Essay Prompts
Just for fun...
“Two years ago, I was afraid of wanting anything. I figured wanting would lead to trying and trying would lead to failure. But now I find I can't stop wanting.I want to fly somewhere on first class. I want to travel to Europe on a business trip. I want to get invited to the White House. I want to learn about the world. I want to surprise myself. I want to be important. I want to be the best person I can be. I want to define myself instead of having others define me. I want to win and have people be happy for me. I want to lose and get over it. I want to not be afraid of the unknown. I want to grow up to be generous and big-hearted, the way people have been with me. I want an interesting and surprising life. It's not that I think I'm going to get all these things; I just want the possibility of getting them. College represents possibility. The possibility that things are going to change. I can't wait.”
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU
OF YOUR ESSAY
The Personal Statement
What's the difference between a college essay and a personal statement?