Demonstrate that you are able to zoom out from your personal worldview and learn from those you may disagree with.
This can not only give colleges an idea of your ability to engage in difficult ideological debates, but also your character and humility.
Researching a different viewpoint helps students broaden their perspectives.
Sometimes, the best ideas are sparked by looking at many different options.
Try to avoid writing an essay that a school will most likely get a million different times — for example, an essay about your talent playing a sport or your early love of learning.
Think about an aspect of your personality, family or upbringing that is truly special.
Students often find that most of their work on these essays is done before they even start writing.
This means that it's best if you have a general interest in your subject, otherwise you might get bored or frustrated while trying to gather information. Part of what makes this experience rewarding is learning something new.
Explore this list of possible topics and see if a few pique your interest.
Write those down as you come across them, then think about each for a few minutes. Do you have a firm position on a particular subject?