Eva is applying early to Emory University and regular decision to University of Washington, UCLA, and Reed College. Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds.
Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill?
Doing so can save you some time and let you focus on a few really great essays rather than a lot of mediocre ones.
However, don't reuse essays for dissimilar or very school-specific prompts, especially "why us" essays.
Otherwise, start with the essay for your top choice school.
I would also recommend starting with a longer personal statement before moving on to shorter supplementary essays, since the 500-700 word essays tend to take quite a bit longer than 100-250 word short responses.
Even for Common App schools, you may need to write a supplemental essay or provide short answers to questions.
Before you get started, you should know exactly what essays you need to write.
As I touched on above, each college has its own essay requirements, so you'll need to go through and determine what exactly you need to submit for each school.
This process is simple if you're only using the Common App, since you can easily view the requirements for each school under the "My Colleges" tab.