The Common Application recently released new questions for the college application essay.
I was especially excited to see that they added a question on failure.
Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of students who’ve had life-changing experiences with failure, but they’ve often felt very nervous about writing about them.
I understand this fear.
Given the highly competitive nature of undergraduate college admissions, it’s natural to feel as though you should showcase your strengths and hide any weaknesses or mistakes.
However, as I’ve explained to many high school students and their parents, colleges are very interested in students who know how to handle failure and who’ve experienced setbacks that have changed the way they think and act.
Now, the Common Application is backing me up!
Here’s one of the new prompts for the college application essay:
“Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.
How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?”
Learn how you can start writing a powerful essay on failure.