How to Approach Prompt #6 of the Common Application

Author: Eleanor Foster

Question 6: Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? This is a rather broad prompt, allowing you to write about a variety of subjects. It […]

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How to Approach Prompt #5 of the Common Application

Author: Eleanor Foster

Question 5: Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. This topic focuses on the idea of maturity and growth. It’s a great prompt to write about if you have a single event of your life that stands out as one that […]

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How to Approach Prompt #4 of the Common Application

Author: Eleanor Foster

Question 4: Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma–anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. Showing college […]

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How to approach Prompt #3 of the Common Application

Author: Eleanor Foster

Question 3: Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? This is one of the least-popular Common Application essay prompts. And for obvious reason- it’s pretty difficult. This prompt requires students to recount a time when they not only disagreed with an […]

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How to Approach Prompt #2 of the Common Application

Author: Eleanor Foster

Question 2: The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? Wait…did they just ask you to write about your failures? Let me let you in on […]

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How to Approach Prompt #1 of the Common Application

Author: Eleanor Foster

Question 1: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Identity- what makes you, you? This is typically the most popular Common Application prompt because we all have a story to tell […]

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The Secret to College Applications? Confidence.

Author: Eleanor Foster

Grades can be frustrating. You’ve worked especially hard in a particular class, and yet, the grade your teacher has given you doesn’t accurately reflect your effort. But do you know what’s more of a challenge? Self-grading. In one of my classes this year, our instructor lets us give ourselves a grade on every single test […]

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How to Plan Your College Visit in 4 Steps

Author: Eleanor Foster

The flower buds are blooming, the morning frost is gone, and high school juniors are frantically researching colleges. Welcome to spring. As March and April of junior year rolls around, you might notice that some of your peers have planned campus visits to their dream schools during spring break. There might be social pressure to […]

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What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

Author: Eleanor Foster

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question has been proposed to us thousands of times as kids, to which we would always respond with our dream of being a fire fighter, actor, or astronaut. But now that I am more than half way through my junior year of high school, […]

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Dreamer-Doer: Reetu Gupta writes her own compelling chapter of the American Dream

Author: Jena Robinson

By Ed Kromer Reetu Gupta (MBA 2010) didn’t come to the Foster School to become an entrepreneur. In fact, she had already written a pretty compelling story of the American Dream by the time she enrolled in Foster’s Technology Management MBA Program. Gupta grew up in a tiny town in northern India, struggled her way to an education […]

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