Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Unusual essay prompts or supplements, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- Most college application essays…fit a fairly standard mold.…Challenges, formative experiences, obstacles overcome…or justifications of interest.…What if your asked to write in response to one…that is completely outside the normal range?…The University of Chicago has a reputation…for its unconventional essay prompts.…As they explain on their website,…students can approach these prompts…with utter seriousness, complete fancy,…or something in between.…
The Chicago Admissions Office…actually gets some of its prompts…from current and newly admitted students.…They choose at least one or two…out of the hundreds of responses they receive.…Take this one, for example,…inspired by Payton Weidenbacher from the class of 2015.…Orange is the new black,…fifty is the new thirty,…comedy is the new rock 'n' roll,…blank is the new blank.…What's in, what's out, and why is it being replaced?…This trend of unconventional prompts…seems to be catching on.…
Take a look at these from Tufts University supplement…for the class of 2020…where they ask students to respond to prompts like…
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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