In this lesson, our instructor Rebekah Hendershot gives an introduction to the prompt. She starts by explaining the different types of prompts: experience, influence, analysis, explanation, and 'what if' prompts. Then she goes over what they have in common and how to answer each prompt.
There are five main kinds of prompt used in application essays.
Experience prompts ask you to describe an experience in your life. To answer these, pick an experience you remember wellone that makes a good story.
Influence prompts ask you to describe a person, work of art, or idea that has influenced you. To answer these, choose a well-regarded influence that you actually like OR a more poorly regarded influence that you like and can prove is helpful.
Analysis prompts ask you to analyze a quote, a current event, or some other concept supplied to you. To answer these, pick the quote or event apart and relate it to your own experience or life philosophy.
Explanation prompts ask you to explain why you want to attend a certain school or study a certain subject. To answer these, read the schools website, pick an element that stands out or strikes a chord in you, and write from there.
“What if?” prompts ask you to answer a hypothetical question or respond to an imaginary situation. To answer these, use your imagination, and add one slightly weird elementsomething uniquely “you”to make your work stand out.
What do these prompts have in common? Theyre all things you can write about before you enter your school of choice, and answering them requires skills youll need in that school.
When in doubt, go with the good (true) story; write something no one else can; and be weird.
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