Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. The prompt gives you a lot of latitude for answering the question since you can write a story about your "background, identity, interest, or talent." Your "background" can be a broad environmental factor that contributed to your development such as growing up in a military family, living in an interesting place, or dealing with an unusual family situation.
If this sounds like you, then please share your story. You could write about an event or series of events that had a profound impact on your identity.
With the ability to write about an "intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma," you can essentially write about any issue that you find important.
Note that you do not have to have solved the problem, and some of the best essays will explore problems that need to be solved in the future.
Your "interest" or "talent" could be a passion that has driven you to become the person you are today.
However you approach the prompt, make sure you are inward looking and explain The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success.
The current prompts are the result of much discussion and debate from the member institutions who use the Common Application.
The essay length limit stands at 650 words (the minimum is 250 words), and students will need to choose from the seven options below.
In third place was Option #2 on a setback or failure. Always keep in mind why colleges are asking for an essay: they want to get to know you better.
Nearly all selective colleges and universities (as well as many that aren't overly selective) have holistic admissions, and they consider many factors in addition to numerical measures such as grades and standardized test scores.