Colleges I plan on Applying to:
- Montana State University
- Colorado State University
- University of Colorado
Common Application Prompt:
Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
Writing my college essay was a challenge for me; I ran into multiple bumps in the road. There were a lot of moments when I was brain blocked and unsure of how to elaborate. I found that by talking with a peer or walking away from an essay for a moment, I gave my brain room to breathe and gave my ideas a chance to develop. Other skills I improved during this process was expanding on certain ideas and being able to reflect more personally. In my first draft, I didn't really talk about how my grandma's philosophy affected me to grow and how it is affecting me now. Then, in my final draft, I talked about how her philosophy challenged me and why I didn’t understand it at first. Also, in my first draft I had a lot of big ideas but didn’t elaborate on them, I just moved onto the next idea. I ended up getting a critique from my brothers and they told me I should expand on those ideas because they are important, which would make it more personal. I ended up narrowing down which ideas I wanted to focus on and expanded on two specific ideas. One idea I explored more was, “everything has a purpose, and we should respect that purpose”. At first, I really struggled with how to expand this concept, I was in a brain block. To get out of this brain blocked I had multiple conversations with my brothers and my teacher. They gave me guiding questions, to get my brain thinking about it. In my final draft, I was able to add more on what purpose was and how we don’t always need to understand that purpose to find respect.