As predicted by AIM's expert college counselors, the optional COVID-19 essay prompt introduced in 2020 is here to stay. Colleges are urging students to become more mindful about their interactions with their community now more than ever. Simultaneously, they want students to be given a specific space to discuss the disruptions that may have seemingly interrupted their lives.
The prompt reads as follows:
"Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet student spaces (250 words).
- Do you wish to share anything on this topic? Y/N
- Please use this space to describe how these events have impacted you. (Students may wish to discuss shifting family obligations, education disruptions, ways they have helped others, or how they have used their time at home to pursue new interests. This question will not replace the preexisting Additional Information essay, which has a 650 word limit.)"
It is important to note that although everyone on Earth has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the COVID-19 optional essay is not required. In fact, it may be one of only two essay prompts throughout this process that we recommend to avoid unless you have something significant to say (the other being the Additional Information section). If the only impact that this pandemic has had on you is that you can no longer go out with your friends, consider selecting "No" for this question.