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The Short Activity Essay

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The short activity essay is required as part of your Common Application. You may also see something similar requested in the supplemental essays for certain colleges. This essay is about showing your passion for something you do, whether or not it is an in-school activity or a hobby or work.

Here are a few dos and don’ts:

Don’t write it like an essay. It does not need a thesis statement.
Do show your excitement by using details.
Don’t start your essay with words from the prompt.
Do start in the middle, bringing the reader into the activity right away.

For more dos and don’ts see out CollegeBasics’ article Dos and Don’ts for the Short Activity Essay and also check out our e-book *The Basics for Writing College Application Essays: Simple How-to Steps for Writing All College Essays from the Personal Statement to the Short Activity Essay for a sample of the short activity essay.