Great post Mark! I like how you used an actual prompt example to help students organize their thoughts better when writing a college essay. There’s a blog post on http:/// that includes more general things that your college essay should say about yourself that students can apply to all prompts as well. You can find it here http:///how-to-write-the-perfect-college-essay-5-things-it-should-say-about-you/ . There’s other college advice on there too about how to master the admissions process and even tips how to format your resume for college applications. Good stuff!
There is a real disconnect between what Admission Committee Representatives in the Info Sessions say they are looking for and these essay topics. College Reps say they would like to know something interesting about you that isn’t revealed in your application. Your essay is supposed to add “texture” to your application. These new essay topics will produce really boring essays, with many students beating their own chests or writing sad tales about a death in the family or another type of loss. Bring back the topic of choice!