It's far more comfortable in an application to celebrate successes and accomplishments than it is to discuss setbacks and failure.
At the same time, you'll impress the college admissions folks greatly if you can show your ability to learn from your failures and mistakes.
With the inclusion of the popular "Topic of Your Choice" option, you have the opportunity to write about anything you want to share with the folks in the admissions office.
The best essays focus on self-analysis, rather than spending a disproportionate amount of time merely describing a place or event.
Apply Texas opened July 1 and the Common Application opened on August 1.
College-bound Texas students are likely using one if not both of these in the coming months. You may have seen our blog comparing the 4 major application systems.
Second most popular was Option #5 (discuss an accomplishment) with 23.7% of applicants.
In third place was Option #2 on a setback or failure. Always keep in mind why colleges are asking for an essay: they want to get to know you better.
Many students trip over common obstacles in their college application essays.
For example, many students can’t see beyond the superficial prompt to construct an essay that positively communicates their personality and passion.