But mostly, as Mikey said, I’d advise you to be strategically nonstrategic in your own essays, and not try to get into our (or anyone else’s) headspace for your essays.
Here are a few tips, tricks, and aphorisms I’ve found useful over the years: My name is Chris Peterson.
Overall, the three most popular prompts accounted for 68.9% of applicants.
These rankings changed slightly from the 2017-18 cycle, when prompt #5 held a slight advantage over prompt #7 for the top spot and the third place finisher was actually #1—the “background, identity, interest, or talent” prompt.
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We’ve gotten some questions about our essay prompts for the forthcoming cycle, so I’m posting them.
I want to be clear that there’s no reason to start on them now, but some people like to begin thinking and planning ahead of time, which I respect and value (maybe the most underappreciated thing a good college applicant can do is make sure everything is done on time! As you may know, we have our own application, with 5 short-answer essay questions (I’ve blogged about the philosophy behind that here).
At the UW, we consider the college essay as our opportunity to see the person behind the transcripts and the numbers.
Some of the best statements are written as personal stories.