NYU tried an experiment in 2009, when applicants to the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service were allowed the option of reacting to this photograph — or any one of a number of others — as an essay question.
As an applicant, you might not want to touch this image with a 10-foot dandelion. But if you’re stuck on a subject to write about for your common app essay, try staring at this picture for a few minutes. What do you see? What does it remind you of? Riff on those memories. Make some stream-of-consciousness notes. Continue reading Can’t think of a good topic?