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Selecting an Essay Topic

Having completed brainstorming in step one, you should now have a rough idea of the elements you wish to include in your essay, including your goals, important life experiences, diversifying features, spectacular nonacademic accomplishments, etc. You should also now have an idea of what impression you want to make on the admissions officers.

Consider the following questions before proceeding:

  • Have you selected a topic that describes something of personal importance in your life?
  • Will your topic only repeat information listed elsewhere on your application? If so, pick a new topic.
  • Can you offer vivid supporting paragraphs to your essay topic?
  • Can you fully answer the question asked of you?
  • Can you keep the reader's interest from the first word?
  • Will an admissions officer remember your topic after a day of reading hundreds of essays?

Diversity. Every college want so increase school diversity. For this reason incorporating this information would probably be your best topic idea. Address specifically how your diversity will contribute to the realm of campus opinion, the academic environment, and social life.

Be honest. Write an essay about your life that demonstrates your personality.

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