Read other college’s essay topics: Brainstorming Tip #6

Read past and present essay topics from other colleges: Brainstorming Tip #6

Find the Common App essays too broad? Read other college’s essay prompts. They may spark an idea.

The University of Chicago has great supplementary essay topics every year. A couple of years ago, one topic was: “It Isn’t Easy Being Green” by Kermit the Frog. That turned into a great long essay for several kids I know who never applied to U Chicago. This year’s topics are great as well. One includes, Where’s Waldo? Go to and read the topics.

Tufts also has great prompts at

Perhaps one of the supplemental topics can turn into your long personal statement.

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