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How to Common App 2020-21 - Prompt #7

APR 21, 2020 • 5 min read

Welcome back to Crimson’s 9 part series on this year’s Common Application Essay prompts and how to tackle them. This blog talks about prompt #7, which lets you write an essay about anything you wish.

If you haven’t already, check out our first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh blogs in this series.

The prompt reads: Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Here’s your chance to write about whatever else interests you! But, while it doesn’t say it, there are still important matters admissions officers will want to see. We recommend you still focus on just a couple specific moments in your life or ideas that relate to your topic, in order that the essay isn’t too broad and unmeaningful. You will also need to focus on your personal growth and how your takeaways impact you now and into the future.

The best way we can help you for this prompt is by providing some examples.

In previous years this prompt has been successfully explored by students from all walks of life who came from all different backgrounds - but the one thing they all had in common was that they engaged in their writing their unique personal voice.

In past years students have written about everything from being a child who spent his weekends accompanying his mother who was a cleaner and moved from one person’s home to another, a girl who took on the challenge to create 1,000 origami paper cranes and developed a fascination with different materials (beyond paper) to create them with, a student who spent his entire essay describing a three hour car drive with his father, or an athlete who liked to go on his training runs late at night while the rest of his city was asleep.

Crimson’s holistic approach provides support across all areas of the US university application process. We assist you to find your best-fit university, create a personalised roadmap, ace your standardised tests, craft the perfect essay, build candidacy through extracurriculars, and more.

In other words - this topic is by nature one the applicant gets to own 100% and if you have a special story that cannot be squeezed into the prior six prompts (despite their seemed broadness) then this prompt could be for you.

Once again, this essay, like all others, should not be about how much you know but how much you’ve learned - and have yet to learn. Colleges by nature are institutions where young adults develop and grow, so admissions officers appreciate a candidate who is honest, sincere and ready to take on new challenges.

**Read Part 9 **of the Common App series.

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