My daughter hates all of the Common App essay prompts. The only one she could answer is: "Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content." My family has a pretty boring life. None of the other prompts apply. Nothing significant or life changing has happened to her. My daughter is in the upper 25% of her class, got a 2190 on her SAT and a 35 on her ACT, but she has no extracurricular activities. She has only volunteered occasionally last year and will volunteer more this year. She plays the piano for fun and is learning the guitar, but the time spent on those is not significant. She wants a top notch school (she really wants Reed or Pomona), but it seems she will probably not make it, because even students with more impressive resumes were denied at the schools of her choice. We are hoping an awesome essay can give her an edge. However, I just found Where Are You Perfectly Content? | Essay Hell, which indicates that this prompt is probably the worst one to choose. Also, based on many previous and successful essays we have read, the subject of her prompt may not do anything to impress anyone. My daughter's only extracurricular activity is more reading to learn subjects not covered in school. That is her passion. That is how she spends her free time. The place where she is happiest, needless to say, is at a library or a bookstore. Info about anything she wants to learn at any particular time can be found there. I read the suggestions on the Essay Hell website, but I don't think there is anything special or unique about her loving the library that will distinguish her from many others who also love the library because they love to learn just for the sake of learning. Also, essays are supposed to show another side of the applicant that is not related to her academics. But since her extracurricular activity is reading lots of textbooks on various subjects not covered in school, all it does is show that she is basically just a bookworm with nothing else to offer a college community. Is this prompt really a bad one for my daughter? Thinking of possible topics for the other prompts is extremely difficult. Nothing at all comes to mind for those prompts. My daughter already has one written for this prompt, but we wonder if she should keep it, since it doesn't really portray anything unique about her.