If you've just read our Bullet-Point Questions Trick post and are looking for ideas of what you could ask yourself, see if these help to get your question-formulating juices flowing!
If you do not yet know what to write about:
What experiences have you had that affected you as a child or young adult?
Were there any people you've met throughout your life who left you feeling inspired or moved to do or be better? If so, what was the experience surrounding your meeting and getting to know this person?
Have you traveled anywhere that left an unforgettable memory and impact on your life?
Are there any activities that you've participated in that left a lasting impression on you?
Do you have any recurring ideas and insights that drive your behaviors, actions, and decisions? Is there an experience that comes to mind?
If and/or when you do have an experience that you'd like to write about:
When did it occur?
Who were the people involved and what impact did they have on you?
What emotions did you experience during and after the situation?
What did the surrounding area look like?
If it involved food, what did it look, smell, and taste like?
If there were thoughts running through your mind as the situation was happening, what were they?
Were there any decisions that you made or behaviors that you engaged in? If so, what were the results?
What life lessons were learned as a result of the experience?
How will this experience help you to achieve your goals if you're accepted to the university of your choosing?
At first, you may feel discouraged by the time and effort this process could take. But, the point to remember is that this trick will help you to get past the mental roadblock and spark the flow of your ideas.
By not trying this out (or anything else), in 20 to 30 minutes, you'll likely still have a blank page staring back at you. But, if you push through and take your time to answer each question carefully and thoughtfully, in a half-hour, you will have plenty of content to work with for your essay. So dive in--it will be worth your time and effort!
The above questions are not the end all, but a place to start. If you are writing an essay that has a high word count, just add more questions that are relevant to the topic you're writing about. You can also ask friends and family members (or contact us here!) to throw out questions; maybe someone will ask something that triggers even more golden nuggets for your response.