Hello everyone! I’m new here and my junior son is just starting the college process. Well we’ve visited schools all year but he just started filling out the common and coalition apps. Anyway, he has a couple ideas for the common app essay but I am totally clueless with this stuff. I’m hoping someone can guide us with his ideas.
1. This would be for prompt #5. He wants to talk about the sport he plays in high school and how he never thought he would be good and now he’s playing among athletes who’ve played lacrosse their entire lives while he just started in high school. Wondering how to make this not sound cocky or braggy.
2. Another story he can write about is something that happened to him while on vaca with his grandparents. He, my sister and my dad (his grandpa) were on an ATV (I think) in the Dominican Republic and ended up getting hijacked by a local with a machete and robbed. I know this sounds completely nuts but it really happened and scared the you know what out of him. I wonder if there’s a way to turn this experience into an essay and make it sound believable.
Any words of advice you can offer would be so helpful!! Thanks!