One final note: Even though the prompt allows you to explore more academic and intellectual topics, it is important not to get carried away with esoteric details.Save the intensely intricate discussion of particle physics for class — for your Common App essay, the reader should still recognize that your discussion of particle physics was really about yourself, your interests, and how you think about the world.
Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve.
This prompt lends itself to consideration of what facets of your personality allow you to overcome adversity, as well as display your self-awareness.
It’s okay to choose a relatively mundane “failure” such as failing to win an award at a Model United Nations conference despite putting in hours of research into the topics of your committee (and learning that you should focus on how you project yourself and interacting more cordially, even when debating and competing against your peers).
Before discussing the specific prompts for the Common Application, it’s important to note that there are some general principles for approaching the Common App essay.
First and foremost, the essay is about telling colleges why you are unique and/or what matters to you.