When you sit down to write your application essays, there is very little left that you can control. You should have already taken, or retaken, the SAT and ACT, your grades from your first three years of high school are set on your transcript, and your recommenders all have their impressions of you that are unlikely to change before the recommendation deadline. The only thing that left in your control is your writing for the application essay.

As with all things related to your college application, you will need to start drafting your application essay far ahead of the due date. In fact, you should move each school’s deadline up two weeks so that no unexpected events prevent you from completing and submitting your application. The reason that you need so much time to work on your essay is primarily because many schools will ask you to write about similar topics, but to do so in different ways. You will need enough time to draft essays that address each of these questions or prompts for each school to which you are applying. (Citation PWL)

College Essay Tweet

To start, let’s work on keeping things short and simple.  We are going to utilize the popular app Twitter.  In the rare case you have never heard of Twitter or “Tweets” let me give you a quick explanation.  Twitter is a social media platform that allows users to send out thoughts in a condensed form.  It only allows 140 characters.  A character is any space used, so that means a letter, punctuation mark, emoji ☺, hashtag #, and even a space used between letters counts as a character.That being said, I want you to respond to the question in the form of a Tweet.  Use the chart above to help you count each character.  When you’re done, please write your tweet in the corresponding Padlet below so it is more easily readable.


Explain a significant event, an experience, achievement, risk, or dilemma you’ve had to face in your life that has made an impact on who you are.  Try to include what you learned or how you grew in your Tweet as well.

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The Common App

We are going to work on setting up your Common App account. This is where you will be able to submit your college essay. The Common App is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of more than 800 member colleges and universities in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, China, Japan, and many European countries.

The Essay Prompt

Please review the ppt handout that discusses each prompt and how to tackle it.