college-bound-college-boundA great Creative Mindflexor that you can do with your high school children this summer, is to give them practice thinking about how to come up with creative ways to answer College Application essays. Not only is it a great way to help them to expand their creative intelligence in general, it will also help prepare them to think more creatively when the time comes when they have to start filling out their college applications. Next time you’re sitting around the dinner table, throw an essay topic out and see who can come up with the most creative answer. The one who’s idea gets the most votes for most creative, doesn’t have to do the dishes. Or if you are driving to a vacation destination this summer, use it as a game to play in the car. The more practice your teen gets in coming up with innovative answers, the easier it will be for them to come up with a unique idea when the time comes for them to sit down and write the real ones. Here is a list of actual college application essay questions for you to use with your children in this helpful Creative Mindflexor:

1. “If you were to write the story of your life until now, what would you title it and why? (Emerson College; Boston, MA)

2. “You’ve just reached your one millionth hit on your YouTube video. What is the video about?” (Lehigh University; Bethlehem, PA)

3. “What’s so odd about odd numbers?” (University of Chicago; Chicago, IL)

4. “You were just invited to speak at the White House. What would your speech be about?” (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, N.C.)

5. “What one invention would you uninvent if you could, and why?” (Brandeis University; Waltham, MA)

6. “You are writing your autobiography. Imagine what you would say on page 54 about yourself and your experiences.” (Hampshire College; Amherst, MA)

7. “Imagine a scientist and artist coming together for a conversation about color. How do you think this exchange would go?” (Hampshire College; Amherst, MA)

8. “What does #YOLO mean to you?” (Tufts University; Medford, MA)

9. “To tweet or not to tweet?” (University of Virginia; Charlottesville, VA)

10. “Imagine looking through a window. What are you are seeing and why it is meaningful to you?” (Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.)

11. “What do you hope to find over the rainbow?” (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.)

12. “What’s your favorite word and why?” (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA)

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