Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
Here, again, the Common Application gives you a lot of options for approaching the question.
Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve.
It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma--anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale.
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.Your essay is an important tool for presenting something you find important that may not come across elsewhere in your application.Make sure your essay presents you as the type of person a college will want to invite to join their community.However you approach this prompt, your essay needs to reveal one of your core personal values.If the belief you challenged doesn't give the admissions folks a window into your personality, then you haven't succeeded with this prompt.Introspection and honesty are key with this prompt. The "belief or idea" you explore could be your own, someone else's, or that of a group.The best essays will be honest as they explore the difficulty of working against the status quo or a firmly held belief.This question was reworded in 2017-18 admissions cycle, and the current language is a huge improvement.The prompt use to talk about transitioning from childhood to adulthood, but the new language about a "period of personal growth" is a much better articulation of how we actually learn and mature (no single event makes us adults).According to the folks at the Common Application, in the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Option #7 (topic of your choice) was the most popular and was used by 24.1% of applicants.Second most popular was Option #5 (discuss an accomplishment) with 23.7% of applicants.