The Power of Daydreams - Common App Essay.
The 2020-2021 Common App Prompts have been released and it’s time to slay the beast that is the 650-word Common Application essay. What’s that, you ask? Oh, just the personal statement you’ll be submitting to any of the hundreds of colleges that use the Common App.
However, that doesn’t mean a Common App essay won’t be required by many of the schools. If your student wants to apply to a college that makes the essay a must-submit part of the application, then it is mandatory if your student wants to be considered for admission there.
The Common Application has just announced that the essay prompts will be the same as those used in 2019-2020. Every cycle, the Common App offers six prompts that students can use to brainstorm great essay topics. There is also a seventh prompt to write on any topic of your choosing.
The Common App Essay Basics. You are required to write one personal essay for the Common App (plus any supplementary essays required by individual schools — more on that later), and the length must be 650 words or less. Luckily, you get to choose from 7 different essay prompts, which were strategically chosen to allow students to express.
A good essay alone will never “get you into top schools,” but it can do wonders to supplement an already strong application and boost your chances! Here are some simple tips that I give to people for writing essays for excellence (patent pending).
Fundamental Tips for the Common App Essays While different schools may put varying levels of emphasis on the essay, it is your one chance to truly stand out from the crowd. The rest of your application will be filled with numbers: SAT scores, GPA, class rank, years spent in various extracurricular activities, hours of community service, etc.
Maybe you want to apply to a few schools, but don’t want to write any essays. Perhaps you’ve already written so many supplemental essays that the thought of writing one more makes you want to lock yourself in your room with five family size bags of kettle corn and never come out. Maybe you’re just trying to take advantage of the Common Application’s 20 school cap by sending out your.