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Sample College Admissions Essays on a Fictional Character

By October 13, 2012

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Essay option #4 on the Common Application states, "Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence." An unusual approach to this prompt can be seen in Felicity's essay "Porkopolis" which looks at Lisa Simpson to explore the challenges of becoming a vegetarian.

Another standout essay on a fictional character comes from Eileen in her essay "Wallflower". Eileen draws inspiration from Charlie in Stephen Chbosky's novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In under 500 words, Eileen transforms the often negative term "wallflower" into something beautiful. You can read Eileen's essay, read a discussion of the essay, and see the results of Eileen's college search.

Also be sure to check out the tips for each of the six Common Application essay options: an ethical dilemma | an important issue | an influential person | a fictional character | diversity | the open topic

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