[Video] Writing the 2017-2018 Common Application Essay: Prompt #1

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This video provides an in-depth analysis for prompt #1 of the 2017-2018 Common Application essay: “Meaningful background, identity, interest, or talent.” This prompt reads:

“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.”

Understanding the details of the Common App essay prompts and knowing what it is asking you to write will prepare applicants for using the proper style, tone, and content.

  • Who will find this information useful?
  • Anyone planning to apply to US universities and colleges through the Common Application
  • Applicants looking for guidance about how to write a strong college admissions essay
  • Students currently filling out their applications and preparing to write this essay

This video will provide you with:

This video will provide you with:

  • Information about the Common App Prompt #1
  • Tips on how to write this essay and what to include
  • Brainstorming ideas and essay dos and don’ts

Video Outline:

1. A reading and complete analysis of Prompt #1
2. Breakdown of key terms for essay focus
3. Tips and tricks for writing a concise and strong essay


For more information about the 2017-2018 essay, visit the
Common Application’s website. And feel free to read up on how to respond to these essays on our Resources page.

Previous videos in this series:

-Overview of the 2017-2018 Common Application Essay

-Choosing the Right Prompt for the Common Application Essay

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