Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Selecting your prompt and prewriting, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- In my experience teaching writing,…I generally get two very different reactions…to the freedom to choose an essay topic.…Some students love having the freedom…to come up with their own subject,…while others would much rather just be told…what to write about.…As we've seen in other movies,…some college essay requirements are fairly open-ended…like most personal statement prompts that allow you…to write on any topic.…Optional essays like Harvard's also generally offer…more flexibility.…Even with provided prompts like the five…the Common App offers, you still have some leeway…when selecting a topic.…
The prompts give you the freedom to write about…a broad range of things.…The incident or time when you experienced failure one…could be about anything, from losing a Monopoly game…to your sister when you were seven…to failing to qualify for the Junior Olympic rowing team.…One of the most important things to know about…choosing a topic is that the Monopoly game essay…could be every bit as meaningful and effective…as the one about the Junior Olympic team.…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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