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Class of 2023 - Put On Your Thinking Caps!


According to the Common Application,

"We know from our most recent survey on the topic that over 95% of every group who responded--students, counselors, teachers, and admission officers--agree that the prompts spark effective essays. That’s why we kept them the same last year.."

Williams Educational Consultants also took the survey and agreed with

The Common App's decision to keep the questions the same!


This great news does not mean students have to start crafting their essay today, tomorrow or the next month. Instead, this announcement is a gift of time that allows students an opportunity to discuss, reflect and create ideas. Our team at Williams Educational loves the essay writing process and has helped hundreds of students craft ideas, brainstorm, and support students with their writing for their applications. Lots of great information can develop and ultimately give admissions representatives a window into the heart, mind, and soul of a student. Some of the simplest essays have been the most successful. Profound essays are not necessary the idea behind these prompts, instead, think simple, think impactful, think about you and your surroundings!


The first tip from Williams Educational, read through the prompts below and think about topics, events, ideas that might lead the reader to learn about YOU!


  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.

  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?

  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

  4. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

  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?

  7. 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.


And if you are wondering about the COVID19 question, it too remains available for explanation on your application this year!


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