Hey, hey, everybody, it's time for another one of these! Because the last one, you know, turned out so well. (And I don't actually remember when that was.)
So it's about two-thirds into summer for some of us, and for others, summer might almost be over. (And for some of us, summer isn't for another four months or so.) That means school's starting! And that also means college applications are due some time between now and the next four months! So that makes this writing exercise super awesome and timely: Choose a common app prompt from below and write it from your own experiences, something you've made up, from the perspective of a pony trying to get into a pony university, etc.
The new (so they changed it up this year, it seems) prompts are:- 1. Some students have a background or a story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- 2. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn.
- 3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
- 4. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
- 5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
"But I'm already in college!" most of you might be saying. Or maybe "I've already graduated!" Or "Fuck you, I'm struggling with real
college apps as it is!" Well, the point of this is to exercise your writing. Unless you're applying to college right the fuck now, in which case, good luck! But if you're not, this is a writing exercise to write about not-stories. Write these as if they were actual college application essays and you're trying to get into a college, human or pony. (Or dragon or griffon or mule or what have you.) The purpose of this exercise is to get as much pertinent information as possible across in as few words as possible. Oh, yeah, that's important to mention–the submission must be between 250 and 650 words; no more, no less.
At least that's the common app's stance; we don't have their counter so use whatever word counter you've got.
And hey, maybe it'll be interesting to compare what you've written to your actual college app essay. See how far you've come, so to speak.
250 to 650 words–it shouldn't take long, right? Ignoring the whole this-would-greatly-affecting-the-course-of-your-life-if-not-outright-determining-it thing, of course.
Source for prompts: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-benedict/i-heart-the-college-admis_b_3733391.html
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