I especially relished the opportunity to apply what I had learned in AP Biology towards actually helping preserve the environment.
It is one thing to learn about pollution, global warming, and invasive species in a classroom; it is another thing entirely to see the biodiversity of an ecosystem quickly succumb to man- made pressures.
Finally, hiking with the Boy Scouts has given me the chance to help others experience the beauty of the outdoors.
On a recent hike, a new Scout, Louis, confided in me how disconnected he felt away from his video games.
Examples of Super Topics: Robotics Club, drumming, developing an app, improv comedy, ice skating, teaching science to middle schoolers, Officer Cadet School, computer programming, working in a restaurant as a server, working in a garden, Model United Nations, art-making, Volunteering for American Youth Soccer Organization, love of History & Film, being an amazing cook, internship at local hospital, acapella singing, advocating for worker rights…Get the idea here? Once you have 1-4 potential Super Topics in mind…Let’s say, for example, you picked “hiking” as a potential super topic. Here’s an example Super Essay: The Hiking Essay I’m a history nerd, to the point where I would be that guy reading history textbooks for fun. Through Boy Scouts, I have been able to arrange and lead Historical Trail hikes, giving myself and my troop first hand perspectives on what it felt like to sleep at Valley Forge in the winter, or what the walk up Breed’s Hill along Boston’s Freedom Trail is really like.
And let’s say your college essay prompt list looks something like this: Ask yourself: for which of these topics could “hiking” potentially work? The answer is: it can work for them all, of course. Naturally, I became the troop “story-teller” along these hikes, adding my own tidbits of information such as pointing out Eisenhower’s five-star general flag waving from his personal putting green in Gettysburg, or how Spuyten Duyvil was perhaps named following one of the first reported shark attacks in America.
That same essay could work for this prompt too, right? We’re brainstorming what I call tells the reader something more.
For example, writing an essay about your improv comedy troupe could probably work for both of these prompts (bold emphasis below is mine): Michigan: Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage.
Louis is currently one of my troop’s most active younger Scouts. By the end you should have enough content for a Super Essay.(i.e. Here’s one way to do this: Spend 10 minutes doing the Essence Objects exercise and ask yourself: Could any of these objects or topics potentially connect to multiple themes?
When I’m hiking, I’m not merely a hiker; I’m a historian, a conservationist, and a teacher all in one.- - - I love this essay. For example: Maybe you wrote down “ballet slippers.” Maybe that makes you think of all of the time you’ve spent not only training, but also learning about the cultural origins of ballet... But your connection to the prompt--to each prompt, in fact--has to be super clear.