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This deck of cards contains questions or prompts that will help students to uncover Bold, Insightful and Genuine Ideas ("BIG Ideas") as they consider potential topics for their college application essays. The student's top-of-mind responses to these cards will lead to a productive discussion and will provide inspiration for thoughtful personal statements/essays for college, graduate school, internships and scholarships. These 50 BIG Essay Ideas have the power to transform a student from not knowing what to write about to generating unique material for the content and context of a truly original essay. While not every card will be appropriate for every student, the collection of these BIG Essay Ideas will help a student to brainstorm and develop an essay that is BIG--Bold, Insightful, and Genuine.

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    "BIG Essay Cards – Heroes. Magic. Social media. What do these have in common? They are just some of the self-reflections that students can consider and discuss in the BIG Essay Card process. These cards have so many uses in the college planning process beyond just helping with essay brainstorming.
    With BIG Essay questions, shy students open up when asked interesting questions, possibly questions no one has ever seemed to care to ask before. Students who are reluctant to “brag” about their valuable contributions to school, family, or community, find a way to see their worth without feeling that they sound arrogant or boastful. Students who may think that they are one-dimensional, that they have only one talent, skill, or achievement, can see a larger, deeper picture of themselves. Students who have so much to talk about that they can’t choose just one idea can explore what’s most important to them.
    The BIG question process shows students that a college counselor or independent educational consultant has a true interest in who they are, what they think and feel, what their lives have been like, what their interests and goals are, and how they can think, and yes, write, about their inner selves in authentic and powerful ways. Kudos to The Academic Match, for giving us a Bold, Insightful, Genuine (B.I.G.) tool to use to help us learn about our students, and help our students discover themselves!"
-A.G., College Counselor in NY

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