Universities are places where debate and argument are fostered in all academic realms: science, philosophy, law, culture, politics. More often than not, they are places where students encounter the “other” — those holding beliefs that might seem “different” or “strange.” Conflicts are bound to arise in such environments. But how does one conduct himself when he sees an opportunity to make an argument that goes against the grain? That’s the question facing students who choose to answer the Common Application’s essay prompt number three:
Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?