College Application Training |  Greater Los Angeles Area and NY Metro Area

Brainstorming Now that we’ve discussed how to write dramatically, what do you write about? Well, that’s what brainstorming is for!

The key to brainstorming is to not think. Just write the first few things that pop into your head. No judging allowed. There will be plenty of time for that later. Below, you will brainstorm 1-3 ideas for each of the following essay questions. Set your timer to spend three minutes per question.

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

  1. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
  2. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  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?
  4. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, which marked your transition from childhood to adulthood, within your culture, community or family.

Let us know how it goes.

If you are part of our COLLEGE APPLICATION MASTERY PROGRAM™  be sure to use your College Achievement Table which can guide and inspire you during this process.