Coalition App essays: The “meaningful contribution” prompt

This post is another in my series on how to address the college application essay prompts from the Coalition App. This year, you have five prompts from which to choose as an anchor for your essay. Each prompts presents its unique possibilities and challenges. Today we will look at the “obstacle/failure” prompt. This a fairly […]

Great College Essay Advice for the Common App – The Personal Growth Prompt

Mark offers expert college essay advice. Here he dissects the Common Application prompt focused on an accomplishment, event, or realization that led to personal growth.

Common App – the Captivating Activity Prompt

Great College Essays start with great topics. Here Mark decodes the Common Application prompt that focuses on an interest that you find particularly captivating.

Write a Great College Essay for the Common Application: The Solve a Problem Prompt

What problems interest you? Why do these problems interest you? Answer these questions in a great college essay for the Common Application.

Essay for the Common App About a Belief or Idea

How do your beliefs and ideas shape who you are as a person? The Common Application prompt that focuses on how those beliefs or ideas were challenged can reveal a lot about you.

Great College Essays — How to Address the “Background” Prompt

Mark offers advice on how to write a great college essay based on your background, identity, interests, or talents.