The blog at collegeadmissionbook,com features a great article on the new Common App essay prompts.
The five prompts that will appear on the “new” Common Application (dubbed “CA4,” for the 4th version of the Common App) should allow for nearly any topic you might choose. College advisor Alice Kleeman shares her suggestions for academic, extracurricular, and personal topics that might fit neatly into a response for each prompt. Of course, these are just suggestions, designed to jumpstart your thinking, provide a gentle nudge if you feel stumped, and to help you decide which prompt might provide the best opportunity for you to show the admission office who you are. Your response to any college-essay prompt should be entirely personal and one that only you could write; these examples are just to get your essay juices flowing! Read more.