ApplyTexas, your stop for University of Texas, A&M, UNT, Texas State and other Texas schools has announced that they have NEW essay prompts for students entering in Fall 2017.
The three main prompts, called Topic A, Topic B and Topic C, are being replaced with the following new questions:
Topic A: What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.
Topic B: Some students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. If you are one of these students, then tell us about yourself.
Topic C: You’ve got a ticket in your hand – Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there.
Need some guidance on how to tackle the new questions? Here are some ideas to get you thinking this summer.
Topic A: For this prompt, I suggest you write about the "world" you come from. Select just ONE part of your "world," such as your family, your school, your church, your neighborhood, and tell a story about how a specific person, event or place has shaped or changed you in some way. If something in your background has been an obstacle or challenge, and caused you to struggle personally, I would strongly consider writing about this. If you've lived in a "perfect world" up to now, be careful not to come across as entitled or narrow-minded. Colleges want to see students who are open to new experiences and ideas. Be detailed, be specific, be creative, but don't be ordinary!
Topic B: Lucky you! This one is really similar to Question 1 on the Common App, so you can "be green" and recycle your ideas if you plan to use both applications. It's crucial to be sharply focused, so think of a specific example or “time” you can use to illustrate something about the identity, interest or talent you want to showcase in your essay. From there, you can describe how it has defined you and why it matters to you. Topic B is probably the best place to feature your area of interest or what you intend to study in college if it relates to your identity or passion. So include that if this sounds like you!
Topic C: Yippee! We finally get to have a little fun. I LOVE this one! This prompt allows you to show your creative side, to lighten up a little bit, and to introduce the admissions team to the real you. You get to make up the "what happens when you get there" bit, and that sounds like a helluva lot of fun! You could brainstorm trips to the past, trips to the future, trips to imaginary places that look like the world you want to create and live in when you are finished with school. Or you can focus on a real place that you have been to, and write about why that place is important to you. I might just do one of these myself for fun. #summerfunfornerds
When you're ready to get going, I can help you brainstorm, shape and edit your essay.