My senior son is really struggling with his common app essay topics. His two favorite activities, and where he spends most of the time, are golf and fishing but he is being discouraged from writing about sports. He can’t think of any significant challenges other than the fact he was just diagnosed with celiac and he has dyslexia. I am hesitant for him to write about dyslexia because I feel like mentioning a learning disability is not a great idea. He excels at French which is pretty remarkable since he struggles with English but his application reflects the awards and nominations he received for this. The celiac is tough because not uncommon, lessons sound pretty trite and details of the symptoms are difficult to write about. We have tried a bunch of brainstorming ideas to no avail.
He has excellent grades and a 31 on the ACT which he will likely improve if he gets to retake it (3 cancellations so far). I think his essay may be the deciding factor for him at a couple of schools. Any ideas?