New Application Season, New Common Application Prompts, plus—Green Ivy Summer College Admissions Bootcamps!

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correcting-1870721_1920The Common Application recently announced it is changing many of its existing prompts for the 2017-2018 admissions year. Some of the prompts remain the same or have been modified to some extent, but entirely new questions have also been added, including one that allows students to submit an existing essay or create a prompt of their own. These changes were implemented primarily to allow a greater breadth of students from diverse backgrounds to more readily adapt their experiences to the Common Application and to “invite unencumbered discussions of character and community, identity, and aspiration.” While it is still very early in the application season for rising juniors to begin drafting their Common Application personal statementsit can be productive for students to review the questions now in order to start reflecting on what they might want to write about. As the season goes on, we will be posting more details, updates and tips on all aspects of the application process. For students interested in looking at some best practices now, this blog post is a great reference point.


Green Ivy also offers a fantastic four-day admissions bootcamp to jumpstart the application process before fall of senior year. During the workshop, we focus on developing the Common Application, the UC application, resumes, activity descriptions, and personal statements. Students are also given ample time to brainstorm topics and write personal statement drafts, while being guided through the key aspects of a strong application. Each session is limited to six students, features our holistic approach to the process, and is designed to create stellar college applications which reflect each individual student’s abilities, gifts, and talents.

Summer 2017 Green Ivy College Admissions Bootcamp dates:


June 19-22pencil-918449_1920
July 10-13
July 17-20
July 31-August 3
August 7-10
Register for a bootcamp today! 

2017-2018 Common Application Prompts:

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. 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. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.bulb-40701_1280
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. 
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