How To Write A College Application Essay

ED000049With schools back in session across the nation, we thought we’d extend our hands to students in need of help applying to colleges. The essay is arguably the most important part of any college application. With that in mind, we’re providing a few sample introductions to essay prompts in the Common Application. We offer these to students free of charge! Simply credit JohnAndNick.com in the header *and* footer of the essay you submit. It’s that easy!

1. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

UrbanDictionary.com defines “faith” as “a dog that is most likely satan, when you wake up in the middle of the night she is inhaling the air you exhale.” My most faithful moment came when I…

2. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

UrbanDictionary.com defines “courage” as “Don’t leap away from naughty, scary things. Just spit on in.” I felt courageos when I…

3. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

UrbanDictionary.com defines “7-11” as “1. has the best fucking slurpees in the world 2. place to go when stoned off your ass.” I always relied on 7-11’s when I…

4. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

UrbanDictionary.com defines “masturbating” as “somethign to do to pass the time.” I first learned to masturbate when I was…

5. Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

UrbanDictionary.com defines “bravery” as “the act of stealing a black mans chicken and trying to get away with it.” I first encountered my family’s troubling relationship with race when I…