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Your application tells a story.


Your application tells a story.

What do colleges learn about you without your essay? Review the following categories.

Assignment #6

Academic Record

  • academic courses

  • level of academic rigor

  • grades in academic courses

  • electives

  • GPA

  • class rank 

Test Scores

  • ACT / SAT

  • Advanced Placement

  • International Baccalaureate




  • clubs

  • employment

  • internship

  • academic enrichment

  • leadership initiatives

  • independent projects

  • sports

  • arts

  • student government

  • civic engagement

  • research

  • community

  • volunteer 

  • hobbies, passions

  • honor societies

  • family commitments

  • awards

Letters of Recommendation


  • teacher

  • counselor

  • coach

  • relevant professionals


Supporting Material

  • portfolio

  • audition

  • specific program eligibility

 Personal Objectives


  • prospective major

  • academic interests

  • potential career path

Directions. Referring to the categories above, write a "social media post" that captures the essence of your application. This is the context for your essay. In other words, your essay is not read as a stand-alone. How will your personal statement animate your application? 

Review. Now that you've done the creative groundwork, it’s time to choose the

Common App Prompt that supports the story you want to tell.

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