The second essay option on the current Common Application asks you to discuss a time when things didn't go as planed. The question addresses difficulties in broad terms, and invites you to write about a "challenge, setback, or failure":. Many college applicants will be uncomfortable with this question. After all, a college application should highlight your strengths and accomplishments, not draw attention to your failures and setbacks. But before you shy away from this essay option, consider these points:.
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