Even for Common App schools, you may need to write a supplemental essay or provide short answers to questions.
Before you get started, you should know exactly what essays you need to write.
Watch out, though, because some schools have a dedicated "Writing Supplement" section, while others (even those that want a full essay) will put their prompts in the "Questions" section.
It gets trickier if you're applying to any schools that aren't on the Common App.
Having this information allows you to plan the best approach to each essay and helps you cut down on work by determining whether you can use an essay for more than one prompt.
Writing good college essays involves a lot of work: you need dozens of hours to get just one personal statement properly polished, and that's before you even start to consider any supplemental essays.This week is known as Paideia after the Greek term signifying "education"—the complete education of mind, body and spirit.What would you teach that would contribute to the Reed community?Doing so can save you some time and let you focus on a few really great essays rather than a lot of mediocre ones.However, don't reuse essays for dissimilar or very school-specific prompts, especially "why us" essays.The brainstorming you do for the long essay may help you come up with ideas you like for the shorter ones as well.Also consider whether some of the prompts are similar enough that you could submit the same essay to multiple schools.As I touched on above, each college has its own essay requirements, so you'll need to go through and determine what exactly you need to submit for each school.This process is simple if you're only using the Common App, since you can easily view the requirements for each school under the "My Colleges" tab.Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve.It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale.