Prompt #1 is the answer to Common App essay confusion.
The Common Application essay fills college-bound students with dread. High stakes mean that students are eager, or even desperate, to get it right. They spend a ton of time deciding which of the five essay prompts to answer. This time is wasted. Why? As explained in the Huffington Post article I co-authored with Ishan Puri of Syndocate, anything a student may wish to write fits under the broad umbrella of Prompt #1: "Some students have a background, identity, interest, or tal