The answer to the final question about the "outcome" of your challenge need not be a success story.
Sometimes in retrospection, we discover that the cost of an action was perhaps too great.
With the ability to write about an "intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma," you can essentially write about any issue that you find important.
Note that you do not have to have solved the problem, and some of the best essays will explore problems that need to be solved in the future.
Introspection and honesty are key with this prompt. The "belief or idea" you explore could be your own, someone else's, or that of a group.
The best essays will be honest as they explore the difficulty of working against the status quo or a firmly held belief.
The current prompts are the result of much discussion and debate from the member institutions who use the Common Application.
The essay length limit stands at 650 words (the minimum is 250 words), and students will need to choose from the seven options below.
This prompt may seem to go against everything that you've learned on your path to college.
It's far more comfortable in an application to celebrate successes and accomplishments than it is to discuss setbacks and failure.