I recently published How to Write Your USC Short Answers, and have received great feedback and follow-up questions. And, because the University of North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!) has a similar section on their application, I thought I'd walk prospective applicants through my brainstorming process.
The UNC-Chapel Hill application asks for both a 400-500 word supplemental essay:
"In addition to the essay you provided with your Common Application, please choose one of the prompts below and respond in an essay of 400-500 words.
And your 10-word (or less) answer to the following questions:
1. Biggest little worry:
Eva Glasrud completed her B.A. and M.A. at Stanford. She is now a college counselor and life coach for gifted youth.