SUMMER WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
FOR SENIORS ENTERING COLLEGE ENGLISH
Welcome to senior year! If you chose to take College English, you will not be able to “coast.” It will be a difficult year.
To help you prepare for the college application process, you are REQUIRED to write a College Application Essay. You must complete the following:
- Read Writing College Application in the Huffington Post.
- Write a College Application Essay of 300-500 words. This is worth the first test grade of the first marking period. This must be posted in our google classroom by the Friday after we return from school (September 8, 2017).
- This assignment should be practical. Therefore, if you know a specific topic on an application for a college to which you are applying, feel free to use that topic. The essay you write over the summer may be adjusted and revised to fit other similar topics.
- This essay will allow college admissions officers to see a different side of you, one that your grades and extracurricular activities may not reflect.
- Proofread carefully. Careless errors will make a poor impression, may cost you admission, and may eliminate a chance for a scholarship. It will also negatively impact your grade in college english.
- Be specific. The Golden Rule for College English is “Show- Don’t Tell.” Be mindful of that now.
- Select your topic from one of the choices listed below. They are from The SUNY Common App. At the top of the essay, type the prompt you have chosen to use.
- ● Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- ● The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
- ● Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
- ● 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. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
- ● Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
- ● Topic of your choice