Your application tells a story.


Your application tells a story.

Review the following categories of your application from the perspective of a college. What do they learn about you without your essay? 

Academic Record

  • academic courses

  • level of academic rigor

  • grades in academic courses

  • GPA

Test Scores

  • ACT / SAT

  • Advanced Placement

  • International Baccalaureate



  • clubs

  • employment

  • internship

  • academic enrichment

  • sports

  • arts

  • civic engagement

  • community

  •  volunteer 

  • independent projects

  • leadership initiatives

  • hobbies, passions

  • family commitments

Letters of Recommendation


  • teacher

  • counselor

  • coach

  • relevant professionals


Supporting Material

  • portfolio

  • audition

  • specific program eligibility

Assignment #6

You are multi-dimensional with a unique past, present and future. No one else has lived your life. What do you want a college to know about you as a person? 

Directions. Review your pre-writing and notice what captures your attention. Highlight the sections that resonate with you. 

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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