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Brainstorming

A big part of writing a solid application essay is to settle on a topic that is important to you and that fulfills the essay requirements. The admission committee wants to read something about you as a person. It is important to be yourself, be honest, and don't be afraid to reveal something about yourself. As you struggle to find a good topic, don’t rush. Take some time to explore different topics. Allow them to float around in your head for a while and discuss them with friends and family. In short don’t hurry the process, allow yourself ample time to brainstorm before you finalize your topic decision.

Below are some questions to help kick start your brainstorming. 

  • What makes you unique?
  • Do you have a skill or character trait that distinguishes you?
  • Do you have a world view, philosophy, or personal perspective about which you feel strongly?
  • What is your greatest success?
  • Have you received an award or have you been recognized for something tht you have accomplished?
  • What makes you interesting?  What are you interested in?
  • Do you feel intensely about something?
  • What do you want in the future?
  • What or who has influenced you?
  • Have you overcome something?
  • How do you react under fire or adversity?
  • What do you life to do?
  • Do you help in the community? Have you done public service?
  • What do you find difficult and how do you cope?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • Have you had a significant change in your life?
  • How do people view you?
  • Are you working toward some identifiable goals?
  • What values guide your life?
  • What are your passions?