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There are as many different topics for essays as there are stars in the sky. Scared? Don't be. While applications can ask for an essay about anything, there are some old stand bys that tend to be used more than others. Here are a few popular ones:
• Statement of Intent essays ask applicants why they want to attend X University or major in Y.
• Role Model essays ask about a person who influenced the choice to study X or helped to mold the applicant.
• Personal Growth is an introspective essay that asks the applicant to discuss an event that helped to shape him/her.
Always read the essays requirements carefully and be sure to follow the instructions to a T.