Love – love fades, is blind, can overcome all obstacles, can Lust – for power, for sex.
Power – the search for, the loss of, what we are willing to exchange for.
Ambition – getting what you want, stunted by, thwarted. Escape – from life, routine, prison, family pressures. Good versus evil – survival of one despite the other, the triumph of one over the other. Jealousy – trouble caused by, denial of, driven by.
Death – how to escape, facing, what happens after, consequences of. Justice – the fight for, injustice, truth versus justice.
Prejudice – racism, bigotry, snobbery, dealing with.
Security – the loss of, the finding of the need for, how we act when security is shattered.
Find this year's Common App writing prompts and popular essay questions used by individual colleges.
The college essay is your opportunity to show admissions officers who you are apart from your grades and test scores (and to distinguish yourself from the rest of a very talented applicant pool).
If your theme is not compelling to you, it will certainly not be compelling to your readers.
So think very carefully, not just about your themes but about how you intend exploring them.