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Practice College Application Essays Junior Year

Practice College Application Essays Junior Year

Practice College Application Essays Junior Year

The Common Application has announces the essay prompts for 2017-2018. Now is a GREAT time to practice your college application essays if you have a junior! You can use those topics to practice your essays, and have time to perfect them before they are submitted to college during senior year.

When practicing these essays, keep a few things in mind.

  1. The essay is a first-person true story written by your teen.
  2. The essay must be self-reflective and technically perfect.
  3. The word limit on the essay is 650 words.
  4. The best essay introduction might make your grandmother gasp if she read it. The best essays include details specifically tailored to each college​.

Here are the 2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts: 

  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 obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Describe a problem you've 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, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.

All of this assumes your child can write a reasonably good essay when they are motivated and have some help from a parent, of course. If you need some help with teaching them to write an essay, you'll find some ideas in the article Quick Essay Skills Earn Thanks

Confused? Befuddled? Desperate for more information?

Read more about the Common App's new essays here: The Common Application Announces 2017-2018 Essay Prompts

Learn more about the Common Application and alternatives here: Coalition App, Common App, and College App: Three Kinds of College Applications

Learn more about writing college application essays in this $15 class: College Admission Essays - A Parent's Primer (Online training)

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