The 2017-2018 Common App. essay prompts are hot off the presses and we’ve got them for our readers. We have long lobbied the Common Application to bring back the essay prompt that asks college applicants to write about a topic of their choice. And, baby, it’s back! One of the new Common Application essay prompts 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.” Just as the menswear brand Todd Snyder has brought the Champion line back (it’s totally hip now!), the Common Application went with a throwback essay prompt for 2017-2018 and we at Ivy Coach salute Common Application for their choice, one that offers students the ultimate level of creativity in their Personal Statement.
So for all of the occasions in which we’ve been critical of the Common Application for last-minute glitches or eliminating the absolute best essay prompt, remember this day in which we gave the Common Application a big pat on the back. Anyhow, so what are the other six essay prompts since the topic of your choice essay is the seventh option? They read as follows:
Denim-on-denim is back. And so is the topic of your choice Common Application essay prompt. Cheers to the throwback!
The first prompt reads just as it did last year: “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.” The next two prompts as well as the fifth prompt are a bit different. They read: “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?” “Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?” And “Discuss an accomplishment, event or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.”
The fourth prompt is verbatim from last year: “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.” And the sixth prompt is a new one: “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?”
Once again, in case anyone missed it, we at Ivy Coach salute the Common Application for deciding to go with a throwback essay prompt for the 2017-2018 college admissions cycle — the topic of your choice essay. You did good, Common App. You did good.
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