Some Colleges Get Creative With Admissions Essay Prompts

The University of Chicago is well known for thought-provoking essay prompts. This year’s is no exception, and we love it.

Spanish poet Antonio Machado wrote, “Between living and dreaming there is a third thing. Guess it.”

After giving this a lot of thought, we guessed it: Chocolate. Yes, you can write about chocolate, or anything else that comes to mind, in this particular essay. Keep in mind that if you choose to write about chocolate, you will want to tell admissions people what chocolate means to you and why you think it is the third thing between living and dreaming. Go ahead, knock yourselves out.

Other schools are getting more creative too. Take a look at a few recently- released prompts for the 2011-2012 season:

  1. Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.” Victor Hugo.  If someone were to look at your music collection right now, they would probably know a great deal about who you are. …Select a musical piece to be your theme song. Tell us what it would be, and more specifically, why it represents who you are. (University of Georgia)
  2. Develop your own “outrageous” business idea. In essay form, compose your “elevator pitch.” (Columbia Business School)
  3. What is your favorite word and why? (University of Virginia)
  4. Why did you do it? (Tufts)

Whether traditional or unconventional, dull or dramatic, pack up your prompts and bring them to Wow Writing Workshop’s next essay writing class. The process is the same no matter what the prompt.