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College Essay Prompts/Workshops

College Essay Workshops

College Path LA is working with seniors through Advisory this semester. Check the JMHS 2022 Schoology group for updates.

 

2021-2022 Common Application Essay Prompts (answer 1)

  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.
  1. 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?
  1. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  1. 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?
  1. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  1. 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?
  1. 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.

 

2021-2022 University of California Personal Insight Questions (answer 4)

                Brainstorm/Outline Sheet

  1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.

 

  1. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.

 

  1. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?

 

  1. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

 

  1. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?

 

  1. Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you

 

  1. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?

 

  1. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?

2021-2022 California State University EOP Biographical Questions

              Brainstorm/Outline Sheet

1. Briefly describe your family's economic background. Include information about your financial challenges.

 

2. Why would you like to attend college? Discuss your career and personal goals. Are there any particular circumstances, school experiences, or persons that influenced your preparation or motivation to attend college (e.g., cultural/financial background, family, teachers, schools you attended)? Please explain.

 

3. Briefly discuss your academic background. Did you utilize any additional support at your high school, such as tutoring? Do your grades in high school and/or college reflect your academic ability or potential?

 

4. List any volunteer, extracurricular activities, or work experience in which you are or have been involved in the past two years.

 

5. Is there any additional information you would like EOP to consider in determining your admission to the program?