College Admissions Essay Writing Prompt: What Makes You Tick?

Use college admissions essay writing prompts to jump-start the application process

College Admissions Essay Writing Prompt: What Makes You Tick?Summer is a great time to get a jump-start on preparing to write your college admission essay. Whether you’re a rising high school junior or a senior, taking time now to record ideas or even draft a paragraph or two will help you when the actual application deadline approaches.

Not sure what to write about?

How would you answer this: What makes you tick?

Respond by:

  • Brainstorming:
    Jot down single ideas that come to mind on sticky notes or create a prewrite document on your word proccessor.
  • Free write:
    Set a timer for 10 minutes and write whatever pops in your head.

College Admission Application Essay Notes:

  • The Common Application (a.k.a “Common App”) is used by nearly 500 colleges. Essays for the 2013-2014 Common App should be 250 words minimum and 650 words maximum.
  • For other (non-Common App)¬†admissions applications, if the instructions state the essay portion is optional, don’t think you should skip out on the opportunity to make yourself known to the admissions committee. Think of it this way, if your academic profile is equal to 10 other students and you’re the only one who took the time to submit an essay, you will stand out instantly for having made the extra effort. If your essay also happens to be well-written, engaging, and grammatically correct, then even better.
  • If word length is not stated or the essay is optional, set your limit to no more than 500 words. See: What to put in your 500-Word College Application Essay.