The main Common Application (CA) essay can be a challenge, especially for those of you who view writing as one of your lesser talents. There are myriad articles, especially here on College Confidential, to help you negotiate creating a winning CA essay. Coming up with a convincing statement takes time and thought.
In addition to the 650-word-limit CA essay, many colleges require an additional essay or two beyond that. These essays appear on the colleges' CA supplement. Forget about applying to all participating CA schools with just the CA. Lots of colleges, especially the more competitive ones, require additional information.