October 24, 2014

Written By: Stephanie Dunaieff

Many colleges require students to write an essay. The essay helps the college to decide if you would be a good fit to the school. Your essay should be personal and different. Essay topics fall into 3 basic categories: personal, academic, or discussion.


  • Don’t wait until the last minute. Give yourself plenty of time to plan, write, and revise your essay.
  • Have a friend or family member proofread your essay. They might find something that you missed.
  • Type your essay in a standard font and size 12.
  • Make your essay stand out and personal. Each school receives thousands of essays; you want them to remember your essay.
  • Your essay should be about 500-600 words. Don’t make your essay too long or too short.
  • Give specific examples.
  • Be honest.'

Topic ideas


  • Pick an event in your life that made you who you are.
  • What is your biggest accomplishment?
  • When did you fail at something and how did you handle it?


  • Why you want to attend a particular school.
  • What you want to do and why. (How you will contribute to the world with your degree.
  • Why you want to attend college.


  • Both sides of a political problem.
  • How to make the world a better place.
  • Both sides of a social problem.'

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