Scout-ing Report

Scout-ing Report: ESSAY PROMPTS

COMMON APP RELEASES 2022-2023 ESSAY PROMPTS

Realizing that many conversations about college begin in January of junior year, Common App has released the personal essay prompts earlier than usual. College applicants will be asked to address one of the prompts below, in 650 words or less:

1 – Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2 – The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3 – Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

4 – Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

5 – Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

6 – Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

7 – Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Common App will also retain the optional COVID-19 question within the Additional Information section:
Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts.

For more information on how to address the COVID-19 question, see the guidelines HERE.

For more details regarding the 2022-2023 essay prompts, see the Common App website HERE.

If you need any help writing your personal essay or navigating the Common App process, please feel free to contact me. I would love to help you find and fund your ideal college experience!

Hope to connect with you soon!

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