Big news on the college application front. We know the Common App essay prompts for the coming year earlier than we have in previous years. The Common Application Organization recently announced that the prompts for 2018-2019 will remain the same.
That doesn’t mean students should start writing their essays! (If you do, chances are you’ll change your mind on the topic long before you have to hit “submit”). Don’t start writing, but rest assured, the questions are probing, thoughtful, and you’re bound to find something interesting to write when the time comes.
In the meantime, take a look at the prompts, file them in the back of your mind, and stay engaged in your life as a high school junior.
2018-2019 Common Application Essay Prompts
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
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