Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure.
How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? Some facts from the Common App: During the 2018-2019 application year, the most popular topic of choice was: ““The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success.
From Common App: “Based on extensive counselor feedback, the existing essay prompts provide great flexibility for applicants to tell their unique stories in their own voice. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it.
Retaining the essay prompts provides the added benefit of consistency for students, counselors, parents, and members during the admissions process.” This is great news for our class of 2020 students as you can start thinking about the prompts (see them below! If this sounds like you, then please share your story. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve.
Luckily, the Common App prompts for 2019-2020 are the same as last year, so you can start preparing now.
In this article, we’ll take a look at each of the seven prompt choices and how you can effectively address them.
for students who will be applying to college next fall.
These applicants will have the same seven topics to choose from as students from the current admissions season.