There isn’t a prompt to guide you, so you must ask yourself the questions that will get at the heart of the story you want to tell.
Avoid the urge to pen an ode to a beloved figure like Gandhi or Abraham Lincoln.
Describe the event or accomplishment that shaped you but take care to also show what you learned or how you changed.
Colleges are looking for a sense of maturity and introspection—pinpoint the transformation and demonstrate your personal growth.
Don’t forget to explain why the problem is important to you!
Just like Prompt #2, the accomplishment or event you write about can be anything from a major milestone to a smaller "aha" moment.
You think you’re looking for a giant list of college essay topics to choose from.
And that’s exactly what you’ll find at the bottom of this page.
Avoid a rehash of the accomplishments on your high school résumé and choose something that the admissions committee will not discover when reading the rest of your application.
You're trying to show colleges your best self, so it might seem counterintuitive to willingly acknowledge a time you struggled.