Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure.
How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
” Remember that the Common App gives you creative license.
Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.” Tips on the “describe a problem” college application essay topic: Click here to read “Common Application `Problem’ Essay Topic.” I explain why colleges are interested in your responses to this question and give you tips on creative ways of coming up with good angles. If you’ve already had this kind of experience, you might want to consider writing about in your Common App essay.
Are you ready for the challenges associated with mind-blowing personal growth and how they transform your perspectives on yourself and the world? Click here to read “Writing a Great Common App Essay on an Experience that `Sparked a Period of Personal Growth.” I share a case study of a student (now at Stanford) who wrote a powerful narrative about how an experience with a judge triggered major personal growth.