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HS Class of 2015: Which Common App prompt do you plan on answering?


Replies to: HS Class of 2015: Which Common App prompt do you plan on answering?

  • 430ktk430ktk Registered User Posts: 367 Member
    For those of you answering question 1, are you writing more about a specific story and how it relates to your identity or about a larger background with less of a focus on one specific event?
  • 430ktk430ktk Registered User Posts: 367 Member
    So it sounds like 1 and 4 are the most popular.
  • akacesfanakacesfan Registered User Posts: 624 Member
    I'm actually surprised that more people aren't doing #2. Everyone has failed at something at least a few times in their life, so it shouldn't be that hard to find a failure you learned something from, right?
  • 430ktk430ktk Registered User Posts: 367 Member
    @akacesfan‌ I think a lot of people are, or at least I was, worried that writing on that topic would probably lead to a cliche lesson: I learned never to give up, I learned it didn't matter anyways, I learned to try harder, I learned anything is possible, I learned winning isn't everything, etc. I was also a little worried that I would pick something too trivial as my failure.
  • alsa2000alsa2000 Registered User Posts: 141 Junior Member
    2. I'm drawing a blank with the others save 3 but that'd be risky.

    @430ktk do you think losing/abandoning a young child in an amusement park is a big enough failure? I learned that the right option isn't always the option I want. It also includes strong Harry Potter references and is a vacation story of sorts (I know I'm playing with fire). I used my experience as a creative writer to inject a lot of emotion into it.

  • 430ktk430ktk Registered User Posts: 367 Member
    @alsa2000‌ I think that could be really cool. I think the cliche topics for that prompt will be "I lost the state championship" or "I failed my driver's test." Mundane stuff like that.
  • LAMunivLAMuniv Registered User Posts: 1,504 Senior Member
    @430ktk‌ (I haven't written this essay yet, but) I'm writing how a multitude of stories have affected my identity, not just one (I want to be a curator of rare books, so I'm interpreting "stories" as "books" and talking about how they all have contributed a bit to forming who I am now).
  • alsa2000alsa2000 Registered User Posts: 141 Junior Member
    @‌430ktk thanks, I actually just edited it a tad, slicing off unnecessary phrases and such. I also retooled the end to basically say "hey I learned this but I'm still not perfect." Gonna throw a curve ball within a curveball topic.
  • sarahkayvoigtsarahkayvoigt Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    edited August 2014
    I'm wavering between 4 and 5 at the moment. If I can't manage to write something good for either of those prompts I have an idea in mind for 3 (it's a last resort, though, as I'm trying to avoid writing about anything religious).
  • EMPire18EMPire18 Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    I already wrote my common app essay. I wrote #1
  • miekaimiekai Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    I was debating on #2 or #1.
    Non of these topics fit me, to be honest, and #1 is the closest to being it... I really live a normal life, didn't make failures worthy of writing essays, never challenged a belief... #1 is my priority right now,, and I am observing my lifestyle to help me distinguish what makes who I am.
  • Buggie111Buggie111 Registered User Posts: 582 Member
    I'm writing on 4, but a lot of it is similar to what I'd write for #1.
  • yebhipyebhip Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    I'm writing 4. I knew I wanted to write about my camp so then I found the question that fit my topic best.
  • CtesiphonCtesiphon Registered User Posts: 2,112 Senior Member
    I've written two potential essays - One where I feel "at home", and one that explains an important event in my life that they just wouldn't truly know me without reading!
  • cbhawks50cbhawks50 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    I'm writing a 1, but if that ends up sucking i might end up writing a 4
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