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In this article, I will be discussing the 2015-2016 Common App Essay prompts.
Before I do, however, I want to explain the difference between an “essay prompt” and an “essay question”.
An “Essay Prompt” is Not the Same as an “Essay Question”
If you have found your way to this article, you may have used the search term, “common app essay questions” – there are over 1600 monthly searches in Google using the search term, “common app essay questions”.
It is important to understand that the Common App Essay Prompts are intended to help you identify, define and structure the subject matter or “topic” of your Common App Essay.
That is not quite the same thing as saying that they are “questions” for you to answer.
Many students tend to think that if they are being asked to answer a question, there has to be a right and a wrong answer – which is why, I believe, that it is far more useful to think of the essay prompts as “prompts” – because a prompt does not have a right or a wrong answer.
In other words, there is really no such thing as the “wrong” response to an “essay prompt” – because what the readers of your Common App Essay want to is some form of “insight” into what makes you tick as an individual.
Insight is the magic ingredient that transforms a Common App Essay from ordinary to extraordinary – and you are the only person who can drill down into your life experiences to find that insight – although an Essay Tutor like me can help you in that process.
The “essay prompts” are provided to inspire you in your journey towards “insight” – and, if you use them properly, they can do that.
If you allow them to limit your imagination or thought process, they will hinder rather than help you in your efforts to write an effective and engaging Common App Essay.
The 2015-2016 Common App Essay Prompts
The 2015-2016 Common App Essay prompts were published on Aug. 1, 2015 on www.commonapp.org.
The Common App Essay Prompts for this year are listed below:
1. 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.
2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
3. Reflect on time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
4. Describe a problem you solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
How to Choose a Common App Essay Topic
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