Common App Opening Signifies Go-Time for College Planning


If you have a rising senior in high school, your life is going to become very hectic starting….well…now!   The Common App is now open to submit college applications to those schools who accept it, and those that don’t will generally open their application process at the same time.  Even if you’re not ready to start thinking college prep, you can get your kid to start thinking about it.  The essay questions on the Common App are listed below.  Print this off and tape it to their bathroom mirror so they can start to think about how they want to distinguish themselves in the essay portion of the application.  Preparing the application is the hardest part, the rest is all downhill from there (until you have to file the FAFSA of course).

  • 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.
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family