Students often think that the main college essay is the most important part of their college application.
However, sometimes that means overlooking the importance of the rest of the college application, especially supplement essays. Supplement essays are additional essays that may be required by certain selective colleges that ask more specific questions. These essays are generally shorter in length but can also be the length of a standard college essay, so it’s important to give them equal attention. For some schools, the supplemental essay prompts can be deceptively simple. They can range in topic from asking students to describe moments of adversity to describing a favorite piece of art to discussing the student’s community and how they can contribute to the college or university. Overall, the supplemental essays help balance out the rest of the application. Because less attention is usually devoted to preparing for supplemental essays, we’ve compiled some tips to helps students write meaningful responses that can boost up their applications.