Summer is almost upon us, and you have a major goal to achieve over the break: drafting your college application essays and getting them ready for submission. I am sure you are thinking “But, the college application deadlines are months away”. Trust me, the first few months of senior year will fly by. I would like to see you start the fall semester with the pressure off: essays drafted and time to spare to make last minute changes in the months leading up to application deadlines if you need to do so.
Knowing that the essays must be drafted by the end of August, my advice to you is to plan ahead and be proactive. That way, you will be able to do all the other things you love to do in the summer! And, who knows? Perhaps, a summer endeavor will turn into a captivating story that needs to be told to an admissions officer.
Please bring your calendar to our next meeting. Together, we’ll create a plan of attack! In the meantime, give some thought to the Common Application essay prompts for 2014-15. The essay is capped at 650 words. They are:
• Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
• Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
• Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
• Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
• Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Here’s to a summer of story telling, and fun and relaxation!