How to Write 2013 Common App Essay Prompt #4: Place or Environment
The Common Application essay topics are all new this year.
How do you choose which essay to write?
In this 5 part series I’m helping you figure out which question on the 2013 Common Application essay is right for you.
- So far I’ve covered Common Application Essay prompt #1, prompt #2, and prompt #3.
- Next week I’ll cover #5
- For the entire list of 2013 Common App essay prompts click here.
Ready for number 4? Let’s do it.
Common Application Essay Prompt #4:
Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.
- What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
Is This Prompt for You? Look at the Keywords:
“Place or environment”…“Perfectly content“…“Experience”…“Meaningful”
Why Choose This Prompt?
- You’ve found a place – real or imagined – where you are content.
- You’re able to discuss in detail what you experience there and why it’s meaningful to you.
Pitfalls to Avoid:
- It’s not just about the place. This essay is about your experience and its meaning.
- If you can’t discuss why your experience is meaningful to you, don’t choose this essay.
Not Sure This Question Relates to You?
Here are 4 Scenarios to Start You Thinking:
- Is the chess club, ski slope or band room the place where you feel most in your element?
- Is there a room in your school where you grab some alone time?
- Do you have a place where you meet friends to talk about things you might not discuss anywhere else? Or with anyone else?
- Is there a place you’re alone with your thoughts? Your art? Your books? What do you think or dream about there?
Tip: An “experience” doesn’t have to last for an extended amount of time. For instance, the moment before you walk onstage for your dance recital may last only seconds, but writing about it might make a great essay.
Next time: How to Write Common App prompt #5.
For the entire list of 2013 Common App essay prompts click here.
Sharon Epstein is owner of First Impressions College Consulting in Redding, Connecticut. A Writers Guild Award-winner and two-time Emmy Award nominee, Sharon teaches students how to master interview skills, write killer resumes, and transform their goals, dreams and experiences into memorable college application essays. She works with students everywhere: in-person, by phone, Skype and email. Visit her website for more info. Connect on Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.