Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure.
How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? Admissions officers want to know and understand how you confront road bumps in your life. Because college is not going to be smooth sailing and you are expected to handle challenging situations on your own.
If you choose to write about research or your internship, this can also potentially tie into why you indicated your field of interest too!
Family background, while super personal, is also a very common topic.
Whatever your family situation is, it can be compelling essay topic to write about.
Many high school students suffer from some type of mental illness or disability.
“My stomach painfully twists as I sit in the van driving back from my mission trip to Eagle Pass. The artificial air conditioning between us seemed to create a barrier stopping the typical flow of words normally shared between us on car rides to Stinson Beach or across the table at our weekend family dinners. The prompt is asking how it impacted your life and what you learned from it.
“Spoken in Russian, especially to American students, the US Constitution sounds little like the original refrain. And that’s what you want to focus on in your essay. You can frame it with the challenge in the introduction paragraph.
But to E, my classmate from Moscow, those words meant everything. You can start with how you deal with things now and introduce a flashback.
The day she recited the Preamble in her native language in our eighth-grade history class, I found myself captivated by her speech. As I attempted to decipher the whirlwind of E’s rolled r’s and cryptic expressions, I craved for understanding.”“”Did you not hear or did you not listen? It depends on the situation and which essay topic you choose.