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What Common App topic would this best go under

ChidXIIChidXII 6 replies8 threadsRegistered User New Member
Ok this may sound pretty confusing, but bear with me here:

I've been busy with other university-based essays of the universities I'm applying to, so I haven't had much time to think about my Common App Personal Essay (I actually typed up two before but I didn't like them because they seemed kind of weak). But recently, I've been stuck between two Personal Essay topics. Here's the first:

"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."

and the second....

"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?"

Creative writing is a special interest of mine, and I often like writing about my own imagined events involving certain characters, conflicts, etc...... is this a bad idea? Not just for topics, but in general?

I also have two problems; one on which topic may match best my proposed essay, and another on whether or not I'm "down to earth" in my essay.

To get into the first problem, I know how/why creative writing captivates me and I find influences from professional writers, but I'm not sure how this would fit into the "topic, idea, or concept" part. As for my second problem, though I want to seem creative and imaginary, I don't want it to seem as if I'm just "storytelling" or becoming unrealistic
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  • EmpireappleEmpireapple 1664 replies25 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I think your topic fits into the "engaging...lose all track of time."
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  • AcalynAcalyn 8 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I agree with what empireapple said, for an activity that makes you lose track of time. For the creative and imaginary, base it on an experience you've had and use what you would typically do in creative writing. Just tell the truth and it won't sound imaginary.
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  • ChidXIIChidXII 6 replies8 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thank you both for your answers!
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