2021-2022 Common App Essay: Share a Topic of Your Choice

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

While the Common App provides highly broad topics for its required 650-word essay, it’s possible that you have a story you want to narrate that doesn’t fit within those categories. Fortunately, the Common App is once again using the “topic of choice” category for the 2021-2022 admissions season. You can write about whatever you want, as long as the paper is a personal statement.

Why? Simply put, admissions officers expect your essay to teach them about who you are. They are not looking to assess your writing from an academic perspective; your teachers’ recommendations, grades, and test scores already reflect that. Likewise submitting a highly creative work as your common app essay would be inappropriate. Save these types of documents for the supplemental information section of your college application.

So, what should you include in an essay responding to the Common App essay prompt #7? You can write about anything as long as it shows who you are. Although your topic probably already fits under options 1-6, we provide a few guidelines below about how to tackle prompt #7.

And to provide the final polish on your Common Application Essay before submitting it to your target schools, be sure to receive college admissions essay proofreading and editing services from Wordvice. Our expert editors have years of experience revising Common App and other college and graduate school application documents. After receiving editing, your paper is sure to WOW even the most jaded of admissions officers.

For additional resources regarding other Common App essay prompts and the college admissions process, visit our Resources Page.

Good luck!

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