UPDATE: as of March 23, 2016
The University of California announced NEW essay prompts for 2016-17.
Read about how to answer them HERE.



It’s Not Too Late to Write Your College App Essays
Before the Nov. 30 Deadline


Yes, you have waited until the last minute. But don’t despair!

There’s still time to pound out two awesome essays!

If you’re working on your two college application essays for the University of California freshman application, I’ve put together a short list of my most helpful posts.

Read through them, watch the videos, and get crankin!!

Prompt 1: Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. 

How to Describe the World You Come From

Sample College App Essay for UC Prompt 1

Brainstorm the World You Come From

A Peek into the Many World You Come From

How to SHOW the World You Come From

What World Do You Come From? (Tumbler)

Don’t Let the UC Essay Deadline Ruin Your Turkey Day


Prompt 2: “Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?” 


Personal quality, talent, accomplishment, …

The Personal Statement (video from UCLA admissions)

Jumpstart Guide for Writing Personal Statement Essay



Here are some other helpful posts I think will help you brainstorm topic ideas and learn how to write strong essays for these prompts:

Show Your Grit

What Makes an Essay Great?

The Secret to a Killer College App Essay

Topics Right Under Your Nose

Crash Course in How to Write an Anecdote

VIDEO: How to Write an Anecdote: Part One

VIDEO: How to Write an Anecdote: Part Two: 

The Ultimate Essay Checklist

There’s lots more where those came from on this blog! Check the indexed listing of posts on the right sidebar. Keep reading and learning! GOOD LUCK!!