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Can you keep the reader's interest from the first word? The entire essay must be interesting,considering admissions officers will probably only spend a few minutes reading each essay.Is your topic overdone? To ascertain this, peruse through old essays. However, most topics areoverdone, and this is not a bad thing. A unique or convincing answer to a classic topic can pay offbig.Will your topic turnoff a large number of people? If you write on how everyone should worship yourGod, how wrong or right abortion is, or how you think the Republican or Democratic Party is evil,you will not get into the college of your choice. The only thing worse than not writing a memorableessay is writing an essay that will be remembered negatively. Stay away from specific religions,political doctrines, or controversial opinions. You can still write an essay about Nietzsche'sinfluence on your life, but express understanding that not all intelligent people will agree withNietzsche's claims. Emphasize instead Nietzsche's influence onyourlife, and not why you thinkhe was wrong or right in his claims.In this vein, if you are presenting a topic that is controversial, you must acknowledge counterarguments without sounding arrogant.Will an admissions officer remember your topic after a day of reading hundreds of essays? Whatwill the officer remember about your topic? What will the officer remember about you? What willyour lasting impression be?College Application Essay Topics1. What are your major accomplishments and why do you consider them accomplishments? Do not limityourself to accomplishments that were of a formal nature, the most interesting accomplishments are thosethat just occur and then become crucial and important to you in that specific time of your life.2. What attribute quality or skill do you possess that makes you unique? How did you develop and perfectthis skill.3. Consider your favorite book, movies, music, and art; how have they influenced your life in a positive andmeaningful life?4. What was the most difficult time of your life and why? How did your perspective on life change as aresult of this challenge?5. Have you ever struggled mightily and succeeded? What made you successful?6. Of everything in the world what would you most like to be doing right now? Where would you most liketo be? Who of everyone living or dead would you most like to be with at this time in your life? Thesequestions should help you to realize what you love most – what have you discovered?7. Have you experienced a moment of epiphany (an AH HA moment), as if your eyes were opened tosomething that you were previously “blind” to?8. What is your strongest, most unwavering personality trait? Do you maintain strong beliefs or adhere to aphilosophy? How would your friends characterize you? What your friends write about you if they werewriting your admissions essay for you?9. What have you done outside the classroom that demonstrates qualities sought after my universities? Ofthese which means most to you?10. What are your most important extracurricular or community activities? What made you join theseactivities? What made you continue to contribute and participate in these activities?11. What are your dreams of the future? When you look back on your life in thirty years, what would it take
for you to consider your life successful? What people, things, and accomplishments do you need? How

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Winter
Professor
Carmine
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