Common App Essays Examples
Phrases like “oh, bummer” or well-intentioned but half-hearted “well, good for you” circle the recipient, creating a cyclone of regret from which the “winner” will never recover. Originality is celebrated there – not in the half-hearted “good for you” way, but in the full-throated “GOOD FOR YOU! One of the first of my fellow students to befriend me wore corset tops and tutus and carried a parasol with which she punctuated her every utterance.
The essay is a joy to read, sharing a detailed glimpse of the student’s personality without feeling like it’s trying to list positive personal qualities.
Prompt: Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it.
Reading sample college essays gives you great ideas and helps to illustrate what is expected from a good college essay.
Check out these college essay examples for inspiration!