The Topic of Your Choice

Barry Lenson

The Topic of Your Choice

The Topic of Your Choice  If you are filling out the online Common Application this year for college admission, here are the essay topics you can choose from . . .

  1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  2. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
  3. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  4. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
  5. A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
  6. Topic of your choice.

Those are all pretty familiar essay topics, except for #6. So . . . what’s the topic of your choice?

We invite you to post a reply to this blog post and tell us! Try to be creative and maybe even a little bit funny. To get the conversation going, here are some topics we would like to write about . . .

  • You have fallen out of an airplane and are hurtling toward earth. But your cellphone still works. Would you use it to order a pizza, a bucket of chicken, or a submarine sandwich? Please explain your choice within the context of your life achievements and ambitions.
  • Do you feel most like a helicopter, a hat, or a hedgehog? Please explain.
  • Discuss the role that ambivalence has played in your life and describe how it really hasn’t made any difference. Use concrete examples if needed.

Now it’s up to you! Give it a shot!

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