The college admissions essay can be the greatest advantage – and the biggest annoyance – to prospective students. On the one hand, it provides an excellent forum for a student to distinguish himself or herself from the competition, to articulate why he or she deserves a spot at the university, and to be more than just a statistic or an SAT score. On the other hand, essay prompts can run the gamut from “silly” to “outright difficult,” and the idea of summing oneself up in a single typed page can be incredibly daunting. Fortunately, we’re here to help.
While there are literally thousands of different essay prompts out there, they can generally be divided into the following three categories: the “me” question, the “why us” question, and the creative question. You should be ready to provide a good answer for any of the three.
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Understanding the Creative Question
Out of the three types of questions, the creative one may be the hardest to get a handle on, because it’s the most open-ended. But while no two creative questions are exactly the same, they do conform to the same general type. They try to be a little original, a little off-the-wall, a little bit thought-provoking, and they require something other than a pat response. They seek to learn about you as a person through your response to a (seemingly) unrelated question. Examples of creative questions include:
- Our lives are shaped by the people we admire. Who has been an inspiration to you, and how has it affected you?
- Discuss a controversial issue of national importance and your take on it. Explain the reasons you feel the way you do.
- Community service makes our nation stronger. What have you done to effect change in your society?
- You’ve written a 300-page autobiography. What’s on page 203?
The trick to answering a creative question is to be creative right back at it. Try to be unconventional without being too out there; quirky without being off-putting. Be honest, be informed, and be forceful.
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