What kind of self-reflection should I do for my college essay?

First, spend time reflecting on your core values and character. You can start with these questions:

  1. What are three words your friends or family would use to describe you, and why would they choose them?
  2. Whom do you admire most and why?
  3. What are you most proud of? Ashamed of?

However, you should do a comprehensive brainstorming session to fully understand your values. Also consider how your values and goals match your prospective university’s program and culture. Then, brainstorm stories that illustrate the fit between the two.