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Since August 1, I have been seeing a rush of students in my office. They turn their blue or brown eyes towards me and say, ”I don’t know what to write about on my college application essay.”

I reply, “No problem.”

I can explain college application essays in twelve words. College application essays are about this: What do you care about, and what have you done about it?

Brainstorm lists to start your thoughts

  • How are you different from your friends?
  • What could you talk about for an hour?”
  • Why do your teachers and other adults value your presence?
  • What books, magazines and websites do you like to read?
  • What clubs, groups and activities are you in?

Those lists start you thinking about some general college application essay topics. Then, narrow in on a situation to write about.

I ask, “Can you brainstorm a list of situations that you feel good about that happened in the last two years?” I invite parents to join in! Then we talk about which situation might be a good one to write about.

A college application essay is a story about a situation that you feel good about. Stories have a beginning, middle and end. Something happens. You do something. You say something. You think about something. You feel something.  Maybe there is a conflict and it is resolved, or a challenge met. Maybe there is a moment that you always remember.

Which incident should you write about? Read on…

Use the College Application Essay Topic Calculator!

[Need more assistance with writing your story or your college application essay?  Would you like to work with an award-winning writer who helps businesses, authors and students tell their story in a compelling, meaningful way?  Write Debbie ]


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