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Guide to the Common App Essays: Writing about Your Background (Prompt 1)

The 2021-22 Common Application's essay prompt 1 asks you to write about your background or identity. But what is it REALLY asking? Get the lowdown from College Essay Advisors Founder and Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook. She’ll break this prompt down into its basic building blocks and offer some insider

Guide to the Common App Essays: Writing about Your Background (Prompt 1)

The 2021-22 Common Application's essay prompt 1 asks you to write about your background or identity. But what is it REALLY asking? Get the lowdown from College Essay Advisors Founder and Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook. She’ll break this prompt down into its basic building blocks and offer some insider tips and strategies for picking the perfect topic.

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Guide to the Common App Essays: Writing about Gratitude (Prompt 4)

Guide to the Common App Essays: Writing about Gratitude (Prompt 4)

The 2021-22 Common Application's fourth essay prompt (full text below) asks you to reflect on a time in your life when you have felt thankful. But how do you flip the script and talk about what others have done for you, instead of what you've done for others, in a meaningful way? Get the lowdown from College Essay Advisors' Founder and Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook. She’ll break this prompt down into its basic building blocks and offer some insider tricks and strategies for drafting your response.

Common Application Prompts: The Ultimate Breakdown

Common Application Prompts: The Ultimate Breakdown

The Common Application's personal statement is often the deciding factor between candidates with similar test scores, grades, and extracurriculars: but what makes a candidate's college essay stand out? In this video, we walk you through the seven Common App prompts, explaining what each question is really asking and providing helpful tips on what admissions is really looking for in response.

Guide to the Common App Essays: Writing about Your Background (Prompt 1)

Guide to the Common App Essays: Writing about Your Background (Prompt 1)

The 2021-22 Common Application's essay prompt 1 asks you to write about your background or identity. But what is it REALLY asking? Get the lowdown from College Essay Advisors Founder and Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook. She’ll break this prompt down into its basic building blocks and offer some insider tips and strategies for picking the perfect topic.

Guide to the Common App Essays: Writing about Setbacks and Failure (Prompt 2)

Guide to the Common App Essays: Writing about Setbacks and Failure (Prompt 2)

The second essay prompt of the 2021-22 Common Application asks you to talk about how you approach challenges, obstacles, and even (GASP!) failures. Watch now!

Guide to the Common App Essays: Questioning a Belief or Idea (Prompt 3)

Guide to the Common App Essays: Questioning a Belief or Idea (Prompt 3)

The third essay prompt of the 2021-22 Common Application asks you to open up about a time when your opinion was unpopular. How can you write a powerful essay without polarizing readers who disagree with you? It's tricky -- but totally possible! Get the inside scoop from College Essay Advisors Founder and Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook.

Guide to the Common App Essays: Writing about Personal Growth (Prompt 5)

Guide to the Common App Essays: Writing about Personal Growth (Prompt 5)

The fifth essay prompt of the 2021-22 Common Application asks you to talk about a moment of personal growth. But what does admissions really want to hear about? What counts as a period of personal growth? CEA's Founder and Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, gives you the lowdown on the Common App's fifth prompt in this video!

Guide to the Common App Essays: Sharing Your Passions and Obsessions (Prompt 6)

Guide to the Common App Essays: Sharing Your Passions and Obsessions (Prompt 6)

The sixth essay prompt of the 2021-22 Common Application asks you to write about the driving force behind your intellectual curiosity. But how can you tap into your inner nerd without going overboard? Get the insider scoop from College Essay Advisors Founder and Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook.

Guide to the Common App Essays: Tackling the Topic of Your Choice (Prompt 7)

Guide to the Common App Essays: Tackling the Topic of Your Choice (Prompt 7)

The seventh essay prompt of the 2021-22 Common Application is the legendary topic of your choice. If you're wondering whether you should choose to respond to this prompt or one of the other six, stay tuned. College Essay Advisors' Founder and Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, is here to point you in the right direction and give you some valuable advice along the way.