Writing my Common App essay was an incredibly beneficial use of time. While I feel that I delivered a good final product that I am proud of, I don’t think that I gained many new skills in the process. What did improve, however, was my ability to ask others for help and critique, as this was a large and integral part of this project’s focus. This helped me to revise my essay and deliver a better product than I could have alone. This is especially evident in one section where I discussed in detail some rather interesting facts about the LHC. While this section still exists in my final essay, it is much more condensed than the in the original version. This allowed me to discuss more in depth my passion for physics and not just a piece of physics that I am passionate about. Getting edits is rather easy. One finds a friend and asks for edits, reviews said edits, and acts on them accordingly.