#6: Think about an academic subject that inspires you.
Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
If you think about it, your college application is mostly made up of numbers: your GPA, your SAT scores, the number of AP classes you took, how many years you spent playing volleyball. The job of admissions officers is to put together a class of interesting, compelling individuals—but a cut and dried achievement list makes it very hard to assess whether someone is interesting or compelling.
This is where the personal insight questions come in.
Really, the application essays are much closer to a short story.
They rely heavily on narratives of events from your life, and on your descriptions of people, places, and feelings.
These very broad categories will help when you’re brainstorming ideas and life experiences to write about for your essay.
Of course, it's true that many of the stories you think of can be shaped to fit each of these prompts.
I'll break all of these important questions for each prompt and discuss how to pick the four prompts that are perfect for you.
How do you avoid boring or repulsing them with your essay?