Previous posts on the Common Application changes include a feature discussing the new prompts and word-limits , and Q&A’s with Common Application Director of Outreach Scott Anderson ; Common App Outreach Advisory Committee member Ralph Figueroa , Dean of College Guidance at Albuquerque Academy; Wayne Locust and Nathan Fuerst from Admissions at University of Connecticut ; and Vanderbilt University’s Dean of Admission Douglas Christiansen . Next up: our Q&A with Jeannine Lalonde, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission at University of Virginia.
Avoid slipping into clichés or generalities. Take this opportunity to really examine an experience that taught you something you didn't previously know about yourself, got you out of your comfort zone, or forced you to grow. Sometimes it's better to write about something that was hard for you because you learned something than it is to write about something that was easy for you because you think it sounds admirable. As with all essay questions, the most important thing is to tell a great story: how you discovered this activity, what drew you to it, and what it's shown you about yourself.