Essayons Topics To Write

The teacher will give you one topic to write about.

Or, they’ll give you a couple of options and have you choose one. The topics will usually use trigger words like:

Compare

…the relative powers of the Ancient cultures of Rome and Egypt.

Evaluate

…the effectiveness of Napoleon’s military campaign.

Describe

…how Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is social and political commentary.

Discuss

…how Henry Ford’s innovations in the automotive industry revolutionized manufacturing.

 

The key words–in these examples, compare, evaluate, describe, and discuss–give you information about the type of essay your teacher is expecting. They help you frame your research and analysis.

 

If, for example, your writing prompt is the one beginning with the word “compare,” your essay will contain two main parts juxtaposed against one another.

 

Your teacher will be expecting your essay to contain information about the power of Ancient Rome, the power of Ancient Egypt, and a comparison between the two.

Tip: Thinking about the key word in your prompt is important because it provides a clue as to how your paper will be structured!

 

You get to choose your topic.

In this case, think of a topic that you are interested in and can find enough information about. Make sure that it’s specific. You don’t want to spread yourself too thin by by choosing a topic that is too broad.

Still struggling to come up with a topic? Maybe this example will help: Let’s say your teacher gives you free reign to write any essay about Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, but you didn’t enjoy the book. That’s OK. Try thinking about the following:

  • What did the teacher talk about in class? It’s likely that she’s looking for an essay that builds on what she discussed. Maybe the teacher spoke a lot about symbolism in the book. Perhaps the use of symbolism in Jane Eyre would make a good topic.
  • Were you interested in any part of the book? OK, maybe the mushy love scenes weren’t the most exciting, but Edward’s crazy wife is a cool character. Maybe I could write an essay about how her addition to the story intensified the plot.

First Year Essay Instructions

Many UCA colleges require or accept the UCA Essay or Personal Statement. The college may also ask additional essays as part of their college-specific supplement. Use the information below to prepare your responses in advance.


Essay Prompts

Personal Statement

650 or fewer words
First-Year Admissions Application


Please write an essay that demonstrates your ability to develop and communicate your thoughts. Some ideas include: a person you admire; a life-changing experience; or your viewpoint on a particular current event.

Activity Description

100-150 words
First-Year Admissions Application


Tell us about one of your extracurricular, volunteer, or employment activities.

College Specific Essays

College Supplement


In addition to the topics above, a college may also require additional essays in the Supplements section of the application. To learn more about a specific college's requirements, visit their UCA page. See the complete list of colleges on the UCA Colleges page.

Transfer Essay Instructions

Many UCA colleges require or accept the UCA Essay or Personal Statement. The college may also ask additional essays as part of their college-specific supplement. Use the information below to prepare your responses in advance.


Essay Prompts

Personal Statement

650 or fewer words
Transfer Admissions Application


Please write an essay that demonstrates your ability to develop and communicate your thoughts. Some ideas include: why you are transferring; what you have learned about yourself at your current institution; or a description of an experience at your current institution that has changed your viewpoint.

Activity Description

100-150 words
Transfer Admissions Application


Tell us about one of your extracurricular, volunteer, or employment activities.

College Specific Essays

College Supplement


In addition to the topics above, a college may also require additional essays in the Supplements section of the application. To learn more about a specific college's requirements, visit their UCA page. See the complete list of colleges on the UCA Colleges page.

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