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Do you need to write a persuasive essay but aren’t sure what topic to focus on? Were you thrilled when your teacher said you could write about whatever you wanted but are now overwhelmed by the possibilities? We’re here to help!

Read on for a list of 113 top-notch persuasive essay topics, organized into ten categories. To help get you started, we also discuss what a persuasive essay is, how to choose a great topic, and what tips to keep in mind as you write your persuasive essay.

What Is a Persuasive Essay?

In a persuasive essay, you attempt to convince readers to agree with your point of view on an argument. For example, an essay analyzing changes in Italian art during the Renaissance wouldn’t be a persuasive essay, because there’s no argument, but an essay where you argue that Italian art reached its peak during the Renaissance would be a persuasive essay because you’re trying to get your audience to agree with your viewpoint.

Persuasive and argumentative essays both try to convince readers to agree with the author, but the two essay types have key differences. Argumentative essays show a more balanced view of the issue and discuss both sides. Persuasive essays focus more heavily on the side the author agrees with. They also often include more of the author’s opinion than argumentative essays, which tend to use only facts and data to support their argument.

All persuasive essays have the following:

  • Introduction: Introduces the topic, explains why it’s important, and ends with the thesis.
  • Thesis: A sentence that sums up what the essay be discussing and what your stance on the issue is.
  • Reasons you believe your side of the argument: Why do you support the side you do? Typically each main point will have its own body paragraph.
  • Evidence supporting your argument: Facts or examples to back up your main points. Even though your opinion is allowed in persuasive essays more than most other essays, having concrete examples will make a stronger argument than relying on your opinion alone.
  • Conclusion: Restatement of thesis, summary of main points, and a recap of why the issue is important.

What Makes a Good Persuasive Essay Topic?

Theoretically, you could write a persuasive essay about any subject under the sun, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Certain topics are easier to write a strong persuasive essay on, and below are tips to follow when deciding what you should write about.

It’s a Topic You Care About

Obviously, it’s possible to write an essay about a topic you find completely boring. You’ve probably done it! However, if possible, it’s always better to choose a topic that you care about and are interested in. When this is the case, you’ll find doing the research more enjoyable, writing the essay easier, and your writing will likely be better because you’ll be more passionate about and informed on the topic.

You Have Enough Evidence to Support Your Argument

Just being passionate about a subject isn’t enough to make it a good persuasive essay topic, though. You need to make sure your argument is complex enough to have at least two potential sides to root for, and you need to be able to back up your side with evidence and examples. Even though persuasive essays allow your opinion to feature more than many other essays, you still need concrete evidence to back up your claims, or you’ll end up with a weak essay.

For example, you may passionately believe that mint chocolate chip ice cream is the best ice cream flavor (I agree!), but could you really write an entire essay on this? What would be your reasons for believing mint chocolate chip is the best (besides the fact that it’s delicious)? How would you support your belief? Have enough studies been done on preferred ice cream flavors to support an entire essay? When choosing a persuasive essay idea, you want to find the right balance between something you care about (so you can write well on it) and something the rest of the world cares about (so you can reference evidence to strengthen your position).

It’s a Manageable Topic

Bigger isn’t always better, especially with essay topics. While it may seem like a great idea to choose a huge, complex topic to write about, you’ll likely struggle to sift through all the information and different sides of the issue and winnow them down to one streamlined essay. For example, choosing to write an essay about how WWII impacted American life more than WWI wouldn’t be a great idea because you’d need to analyze all the impacts of both the wars in numerous areas of American life. It’d be a huge undertaking. A better idea would be to choose one impact on American life the wars had (such as changes in female employment) and focus on that. Doing so will make researching and writing your persuasive essay much more feasible.


List of 113 Good Persuasive Essay Topics

Below are over 100 persuasive essay ideas, organized into ten categories. When you find an idea that piques your interest, you’ll choose one side of it to argue for in your essay. For example, if you choose the topic, “should fracking be legal?” you’d decide whether you believe fracking should be legal or illegal, then you’d write an essay arguing all the reasons why your audience should agree with you.


  • Should students be required to learn an instrument in school?
  • Did the end of Game of Thrones fit with the rest of the series?
  • Can music be an effective way to treat mental illness?
  • With e-readers so popular, have libraries become obsolete?
  • Are the Harry Potter books more popular than they deserve to be?
  • Should music with offensive language come with a warning label?
  • What’s the best way for museums to get more people to visit?
  • Should students be able to substitute an art or music class for a PE class in school?
  • Are the Kardashians good or bad role models for young people?
  • Should people in higher income brackets pay more taxes?
  • Should all high school students be required to take a class on financial literacy?
  • Is it possible to achieve the American dream, or is it only a myth?
  • Is it better to spend a summer as an unpaid intern at a prestigious company or as a paid worker at a local store/restaurant?
  • Should the United States impose more or fewer tariffs?
  • Should college graduates have their student loans forgiven?
  • Should restaurants eliminate tipping and raise staff wages instead?
  • Should students learn cursive writing in school?
  • Which is more important: PE class or music class?
  • Is it better to have year-round school with shorter breaks throughout the year?
  • Should class rank be abolished in schools?
  • Should students be taught sex education in school?
  • Should students be able to attend public universities for free?
  • What’s the most effective way to change the behavior of school bullies?
  • Are the SAT and ACT accurate ways to measure intelligence?
  • Should students be able to learn sign language instead of a foreign language?
  • Do the benefits of Greek life at colleges outweigh the negatives?
  • Does doing homework actually help students learn more?
  • Why do students in many other countries score higher than American students on math exams?
  • Should parents/teachers be able to ban certain books from schools?
  • What’s the best way to reduce cheating in school?
  • Should colleges take a student’s race into account when making admissions decisions?
  • Should there be limits to free speech?
  • Should students be required to perform community service to graduate high school?
  • Should convicted felons who have completed their sentence be allowed to vote?
  • Should gun ownership be more tightly regulated?
  • Should recycling be made mandatory?
  • Should employers be required to offer paid leave to new parents?
  • Are there any circumstances where torture should be allowed?
  • Should children under the age of 18 be able to get plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons?
  • Should white supremacy groups be allowed to hold rallies in public places?
  • Does making abortion illegal make women more or less safe?
  • Does foreign aid actually help developing countries?
  • Are there times a person’s freedom of speech should be curtailed?
  • Should people over a certain age not be allowed to adopt children?


  • Should the minimum voting age be raised/lowered/kept the same?
  • Should Puerto Rico be granted statehood?
  • Should the United States build a border wall with Mexico?
  • Who should be the next person printed on American banknotes?
  • Should the United States’ military budget be reduced?
  • Did China’s one child policy have overall positive or negative impacts on the country?
  • Should DREAMers be granted US citizenship?
  • Is national security more important than individual privacy?
  • What responsibility does the government have to help homeless people?
  • Should the electoral college be abolished?
  • Should the US increase or decrease the number of refugees it allows in each year?
  • Should privately-run prisons be abolished?
  • Who was the most/least effective US president?
  • Will Brexit end up helping or harming the UK?


  • What’s the best way to reduce the spread of Ebola?
  • Is the Keto diet a safe and effective way to lose weight?
  • Should the FDA regulate vitamins and supplements more strictly?
  • Should public schools require all students who attend to be vaccinated?
  • Is eating genetically modified food safe?
  • What’s the best way to make health insurance more affordable?
  • What’s the best way to lower the teen pregnancy rate?
  • Should recreational marijuana be legalized nationwide?
  • Should birth control pills be available without a prescription?
  • Should pregnant women be forbidden from buying cigarettes and alcohol?
  • Why has anxiety increased in adolescents?
  • Are low-carb or low-fat diets more effective for weight loss?
  • What caused the destruction of the USS Maine?
  • Was King Arthur a mythical legend or actual Dark Ages king?
  • Was the US justified in dropping atomic bombs during WWII?
  • What was the primary cause of the Rwandan genocide?
  • What happened to the settlers of the Roanoke colony?
  • Was disagreement over slavery the primary cause of the US Civil War?
  • What has caused the numerous disappearances in the Bermuda triangle?
  • Should nuclear power be banned?
  • Is scientific testing on animals necessary?
  • Do zoos help or harm animals?
  • Should scientists be allowed to clone humans?
  • Should animals in circuses be banned?
  • Should fracking be legal?
  • Should people be allowed to keep exotic animals as pets?
  • What’s the best way to reduce illegal poaching in Africa?
  • What is the best way to reduce the impact of global warming?
  • Should euthanasia be legalized?
  • Is there legitimate evidence of extraterrestrial life?
  • Should people be banned from owning aggressive dog breeds?
  • Should the United States devote more money towards space exploration?
  • Should the government subsidize renewable forms of energy?
  • Is solar energy worth the cost?
  • Should stem cells be used in medicine?
  • Is it right for the US to leave the Paris Climate Agreement?
  • Should athletes who fail a drug test receive a lifetime ban from the sport?
  • Should college athletes receive a salary?
  • Should the NFL do more to prevent concussions in players?
  • Do PE classes help students stay in shape?
  • Should horse racing be banned?
  • Should cheerleading be considered a sport?
  • Should children younger than 18 be allowed to play tackle football?
  • Are the costs of hosting an Olympic Games worth it?
  • Can online schools be as effective as traditional schools?
  • Do violent video games encourage players to be violent in real life?
  • Should facial recognition technology be banned?
  • Does excessive social media use lead to depression/anxiety?
  • Has the rise of translation technology made knowing multiple languages obsolete?
  • Was Steve Jobs a visionary or just a great marketer?
  • Should social media be banned for children younger than a certain age?
  • Which 21st-century invention has had the largest impact on society?
  • Are ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft good or bad for society?
  • Should Facebook have done more to protect the privacy of its users?
  • Will technology end up increasing or decreasing inequality worldwide?


Tips for Writing a Strong Persuasive Essay

After you’ve chosen the perfect topic for your persuasive essay, your work isn’t over. Follow the three tips below to create a top-notch essay.

Do Your Research

Your argument will fall apart if you don’t fully understand the issue you’re discussing or you overlook an important piece of it. Readers won’t be convinced by someone who doesn’t know the subject, and you likely won’t persuade any of them to begin supporting your viewpoint. Before you begin writing a single word of your essay, research your topic thoroughly. Study different sources, learn about the different sides of the argument, ask anyone who’s an expert on the topic what their opinion is, etc. You might be tempted to start writing right away, but by doing your research, you’ll make the writing process much easier when the time comes.

Make Your Thesis Perfect

Your thesis is the most important sentence in your persuasive essay. Just by reading that single sentence, your audience should know exactly what topic you’ll be discussing and where you stand on the issue. You want your thesis to be crystal clear and to accurately set up the rest of your essay. Asking classmates or your teacher to look it over before you begin writing the rest of your essay can be a big help if you’re not entirely confident in your thesis.

Consider the Other Side

You’ll spend most of your essay focusing on your side of the argument since that’s what you want readers to come away believing. However, don’t think that means you can ignore other sides of the issue. In your essay, be sure to discuss the other side’s argument, as well as why you believe this view is weak or untrue. Researching all the different viewpoints and including them in your essay will increase the quality of your writing by making your essay more complete and nuanced.

Summary: Persuasive Essay Ideas

Good persuasive essay topics can be difficult to come up with, but in this guide we’ve created a list of 113 excellent essay topics for you to browse. The best persuasive essay ideas will be those that you are interested in, have enough evidence to support your argument, and aren’t too complicated to be summarized in an essay.

After you’ve chosen your essay topic, keep these three tips in mind when you begin writing:

  • Do your research
  • Make your thesis perfect
  • Consider the other side

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The Big List of Essay Topics for High School (120+ Ideas!)

High school students generally do a lot of writing, learning to use language clearly, concisely, and persuasively. When it’s time to choose an essay topic, though, it’s easy to come up blank. If that’s the case, check out this huge round-up of essay topics for high school. You’ll find choices for every subject and writing style.

Argumentative Essay Topics for High School

When writing an argumentative essay, remember to do the research and lay out the facts clearly. Your goal is not necessarily to persuade someone to agree with you, but to encourage your reader to accept your point of view as valid. Here are some possible argumentative topics to try. ( Here are 100 more compelling argumentative essay topics. )

  • The most important challenge our country is currently facing is … (e.g., immigration, gun control, economy)
  • The government should provide free internet access for every citizen.
  • All drugs should be legalized, regulated, and taxed.
  • Vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco.
  • The best country in the world is …
  • Parents should be punished for their minor children’s crimes.
  • Should all students have the ability to attend college for free?
  • Should physical education be part of the standard high school curriculum?


  • Schools should require recommended vaccines for all students, with very limited exceptions.
  • Is it acceptable to use animals for experiments and research?
  • Does social media do more harm than good?
  • Capital punishment does/does not deter crime.
  • What one class should all high schools students be required to take and pass in order to graduate?
  • Do we really learn anything from history, or does it just repeat itself over and over?
  • Are men and women treated equally?

Cause-and-Effect Essay Topics for High School

A cause-and-effect essay is a type of argumentative essay. Your goal is to show how one specific thing directly influences another specific thing. You’ll likely need to do some research to make your point. Here are some ideas for cause-and-effect essays. ( Get a big list of 100 cause-and-effect essay topics here. )

  • Humans are causing accelerated climate change.
  • Fast-food restaurants have made human health worse over the decades.
  • What caused World War II? (Choose any conflict for this one.)
  • Describe the effects social media has on young adults.
  • How does playing sports affect people?
  • What are the effects of loving to read?
  • Being an only/oldest/youngest/middle child makes you …
  • What effect does violence in movies or video games have on kids?
  • Traveling to new places opens people’s minds to new ideas.
  • Racism is caused by …

Compare-Contrast Essay Topics for High School

As the name indicates, in compare-and-contrast essays, writers show the similarities and differences between two things. They combine descriptive writing with analysis, making connections and showing dissimilarities. The following ideas work well for compare-contrast essays. ( Find 80+ compare-contrast essay topics for all ages here. )

  • Public and private schools
  • Capitalism vs. communism
  • Monarchy or democracy
  • Dogs vs. cats as pets
  • Paper books or e-books
  • Two political candidates in a current race
  • Going to college vs. starting work full-time
  • Working your way through college as you go or taking out student loans
  • iPhone or Android
  • Instagram vs. Twitter (or choose any other two social media platforms)

Descriptive Essay Topics for High School

Bring on the adjectives! Descriptive writing is all about creating a rich picture for the reader. Take readers on a journey to far-off places, help them understand an experience, or introduce them to a new person. Remember: Show, don’t tell. These topics make excellent descriptive essays.

  • Who is the funniest person you know?
  • What is your happiest memory?
  • Tell about the most inspirational person in your life.
  • Write about your favorite place.
  • When you were little, what was your favorite thing to do?
  • Choose a piece of art or music and explain how it makes you feel.
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • What’s the best/worst vacation you’ve ever taken?
  • Describe your favorite pet.
  • What is the most important item in the world to you?
  • Give a tour of your bedroom (or another favorite room in your home).
  • Describe yourself to someone who has never met you.
  • Lay out your perfect day from start to finish.
  • Explain what it’s like to move to a new town or start a new school.
  • Tell what it would be like to live on the moon.

Expository and Informative Essay Topics for High School

Expository essays set out clear explanations of a particular topic. You might be defining a word or phrase or explaining how something works. Expository or informative essays are based on facts, and while you might explore different points of view, you won’t necessarily say which one is “better” or “right.” Remember: Expository essays educate the reader. Here are some expository and informative essay topics to explore. ( See 70+ expository and informative essay topics here. )

  • What makes a good leader?
  • Explain why a given school subject (math, history, science, etc.) is important for students to learn.
  • What is the “glass ceiling” and how does it affect society?
  • Describe how the internet changed the world.
  • What does it mean to be a good teacher?
  • Explain how we could colonize the moon or another planet.
  • Discuss why mental health is just as important as physical health.
  • Describe a healthy lifestyle for a teenager.
  • Choose an American president and explain how their time in office affected the country.
  • What does “financial responsibility” mean?

Humorous Essay Topics for High School

Humorous essays can take on any form, like narrative, persuasive, or expository. You might employ sarcasm or satire, or simply tell a story about a funny person or event. Even though these essay topics are lighthearted, they still take some skill to tackle well. Give these ideas a try.

  • What would happen if cats (or any other animal) ruled the world?
  • What do newborn babies wish their parents knew?
  • Explain the best ways to be annoying on social media.
  • Invent a wacky new sport, explain the rules, and describe a game or match.
  • Imagine a discussion between two historic figures from very different times, like Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Retell a familiar story in tweets or other social media posts.
  • Describe present-day Earth from an alien’s point of view.
  • Choose a fictional character and explain why they should be the next president.
  • Describe a day when kids are in charge of everything, at school and at home.

Literary Essay Topics

Literary essays analyze a piece of writing, like a book or a play. In high school, students usually write literary essays about the works they study in class. These literary essay topic ideas focus on books students often read in high school, but many of them can be tweaked to fit other works as well.

  • Discuss the portrayal of women in Shakespeare’s Othello .
  • Explore the symbolism used in The Scarlet Letter .
  • Explain the importance of dreams in Of Mice and Men .
  • Compare and contrast the romantic relationships in Pride and Prejudice .
  • Dissect the allegory of Animal Farm and its relation to contemporary events.
  • Interpret the author’s take on society and class structure in The Great Gatsby .
  • Explore the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia.
  • Discuss whether Shakespeare’s portrayal of young love in Romeo and Juliet is accurate.
  • Explain the imagery used in Beowulf .

Narrative and Personal Essay Topics for High School

Think of a narrative essay like telling a story. Use some of the same techniques that you would for a descriptive essay, but be sure you have a beginning, middle, and end. A narrative essay doesn’t necessarily need to be personal, but they often are. Take inspiration from these narrative and personal essay topics.

  • Describe a performance or sporting event you took part in.
  • Explain the process of cooking and eating your favorite meal.
  • Write about meeting your best friend for the first time and how your relationship developed.
  • Tell about learning to ride a bike or drive a car.
  • Describe a time in your life when you’ve been scared.
  • Share the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you.
  • Tell about a time when you overcame a big challenge.
  • Tell the story of how you learned an important life lesson.
  • Describe a time when you or someone you know experienced prejudice or oppression.
  • Explain a family tradition, how it developed, and its importance today.
  • What is your favorite holiday? How does your family celebrate it?
  • Retell a familiar story from the point of view of a different character.
  • Describe a time when you had to make a difficult decision.
  • Tell about your proudest moment.

Persuasive Essay Topics for High School

Persuasive essays are similar to argumentative , but they rely less on facts and more on emotion to sway the reader. It’s important to know your audience, so you can anticipate any counterarguments they might make and try to overcome them. Try these topics to persuade someone to come around to your point of view. ( Discover 60 more intriguing persuasive essay topics here. )

  • Is democracy the best form of government?
  • Is capitalism the best form of economy?
  • Students should/should not be able to use their phones during the school day.
  • Should schools have dress codes?
  • If I could change one school rule, it would be …
  • Is year-round school a good idea?

Research Essay Topics

A research essay is a classic high school assignment. These papers require deep research into primary source documents, with lots of supporting facts and evidence that’s properly cited. Research essays can be in any of the styles shown above. Here are some possible topics, across a variety of subjects.

  • Which country’s style of government is best for the people who live there?
  • Choose a country and analyze its development from founding to present day.
  • Describe the causes and effects of a specific war.
  • Formulate an ideal economic plan for our country.
  • What scientific discovery has had the biggest impact on life today?
  • Analyze the way mental health is viewed and treated in this country.
  • Explore the ways systemic racism impacts people in all walks of life.
  • Defend the importance of teaching music and the arts in public schools.
  • Choose one animal from the endangered species list, and propose a realistic plan to protect it.

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117 Great Persuasive Essay Topics for High School Level Students

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When working on any essay, the first thing you’ll have to figure out is your topic. In high school, you are supposed to pick the kind of topic you will be able to dig into — that is, you have to make sure you can find enough info on the subject. Sure, today it seems that getting your hands on any kind of information is simple and question how long is a thesis isn't on the table yet. Still, you have to remember that apart from being available, the info you discuss should be engaging. So, that’s something to think about.

Argumentative and persuasive essays are most commonly assigned to high school students. So, there are plenty of papers in public domains that are written in one of these styles — and you can take a look at those if you need some inspiration. When working on an argumentative paper, for example, a student is supposed to present two polar different opinions on the subject and present enough evidence to support each point of view. But simply discussing two sides of the argument is not enough — a writer should also come up with a comprehensible conclusion. The same goes for persuasive essays — after all, the student’s primary goal here is to persuade the reader in his/her point of view.

In fact, a lot of argumentative essays are actually persuasive papers. So, if you’ve written at least one of those, you'll know how to write the other one. If you haven’t, here is a tip for you: choose a topic you feel strongly about. This is the certain way to make sure you will have enough ideas for a truly engaging paper; and, since you feel strongly about the subject, it will be way easier to prove your point of view to the reader.

Another word of advice while choosing a persuasive essay topic is to pick something that would be neither too broad, nor too narrow. Remember that most high school papers are no longer than five pages (often, even shorter than that), so it’s best to choose just one question and focus on it in your work. Also, remember that you will have to provide some factual evidence for your opinion (after all, any academic paper should be supported by academically recognized sources), so do not go for subjects that are purely opinionated and do not have any chance of justification.

Now that we’ve highlighted how important choosing a persuasive topic is for a student, let’s give you some great topic ideas to get you started.

50 Simple Essay Topics for High School

  • How can a person overcome fear?
  • Describe a piece of art (book, painting, poem) that changed your life.
  • Should students evaluate their teachers?
  • Do standardized tests really reveal student knowledge?
  • Should there be extra incentives for good grades at school?
  • Should Gym classes be obligatory?
  • Should we make our school calendar longer?
  • Can a class size influence student performance?
  • Should schools punish inappropriate student behavior?
  • Is there a connection between real-life violence and video games?
  • Should illegal immigrants’ children get an education?
  • Is there a way to deal with bullies in schools?
  • How reality TV is enforcing dangerous stereotypes
  • Is pop culture encouraging students not to pursue education?
  • White lies: what are they and should we really believe them to be innocent?
  • Should violent video games be sold to minors?
  • Using cell phones for education: the pros and cons
  • Should we conceal our real identities on the web?
  • Technology: distraction or a bonus?
  • Educational apps: how helpful are they?
  • Should everyone go for a college education?
  • The role of affirmative action in the modern world
  • College admission criteria: is there anything else apart from SAT?
  • The skinny model stereotype and its pressure on average girls
  • Do we really have equal rights for men and women?
  • Why so few girls pursue careers in exact sciences?
  • Stopping sexual abuse against young women
  • Should sports bets be legalized?
  • Can cheerleading be considered a sport?
  • Homosexual rights for sportsmen
  • The role of sports in our world
  • Are sports in the US too commercialized?
  • The benefits of local sports franchises
  • Should colleges pay their baseball players?
  • The debate of the naming rights
  • How should we treat juvenile offenders?
  • Pros and cons of death penalty
  • Leadership and the moral obligations that come with it
  • A cure against mass shootings
  • Should we change our gun control policy?
  • Is there too much digital censorship these days?
  • Should rich people pay higher taxes?
  • Government and the confidence we place in it
  • Privacy Vs. Security: which one comes first?
  • Should the US monitor its allies and citizens?
  • Should students be able to pick their teachers?
  • Is it reasonable to lower the voting age?
  • How important is fashion?
  • The appropriate dating age
  • Can older generation learn from the new one?

50 Persuasive topic ideas for high school

  • The pros and cons of allowing cell phones in schools
  • Free state college attendance for the state residents
  • The pros and cons of marijuana treatment
  • Is death penalty justifiable for violent offenders?
  • Should illegal immigrants be granted same rights as citizens?
  • Airport security: do we really need that many screenings?
  • Should we allow birth control for minors?
  • Free condoms at schools: atrocity or necessity?
  • Should schools separate gym grades from the grade list?
  • Free wi-fi in the cities: pros and cons
  • How often should teachers pass qualification tests?
  • Universal wealthy: how reasonable it is in the US realia?
  • Animal product testing: ethical vs. practical
  • Civil unions: should the government recognize them?
  • Is it reasonable to keep suspected terrorists under custody?
  • Should students be allowed to bring their music players to school?
  • Can we charge plus size citizens double ticket fair?
  • Corporate lobbyists and political campaigns: is their support legal?
  • Should school dedicate more attention to world religions?
  • Introducing obligatory community service in schools
  • Is it safe to keep exotic pets?
  • Cellphones in the classroom: should the teachers have them?
  • Violent crimes and minors: should the government treat them as adults?
  • Should we legalize euthanasia?
  • Should federal government control and restrict certain content on the Internet?
  • Sexual education as an obligatory subject in high schools
  • Should ESL students pass state tests in their native languages?
  • Can digital devices replace traditional textbooks?
  • Is it reasonable to test professional sportsmen for drugs?
  • Should corporate advertising be allowed in schools?
  • Can students and over be friends on social media?
  • How ethical it is to use stem cells from aborted children for the research?
  • Should the USA spend more time on internal affairs and less on overseas issues?
  • Drunk driving: should we enforce stricter punishment?
  • Is it ethical for a rape victim to go for an abortion?
  • Driving without a seat-belt: should it be considered a crime?
  • Is it necessary for high school sportsmen to take drug tests?
  • Should schools increase their budgets by selling food and drinks to students?
  • Is it ethical to advertise alcohol on TV?
  • Should foreign goods be taxed higher than internal products?
  • Free bus rides for seniors: do we need them?
  • Should the government ban sports betting?
  • Should the government lower the budget for schools that show weak results on SAT?
  • Would it be reasonable to euthanize dogs that have shown aggressive behavior towards people?
  • Should we introduce government censorship on certain online content?
  • Should we lower the minimal working age to 14 years old?
  • The pros and cons of wearing uniforms in schools
  • Should we allow getting a driving permit starting the age of 21?
  • Should schools introduce fast food in their menus?
  • Should booster seats for children be made obligatory?

12 Controversial Topics for School

  • Are there any moral grounds that can justify torture?
  • Should we consider police cameras an invasion of our privacy?
  • Should we ban tobacco once and for all?
  • Is the access to condoms affecting teenage irresponsible behavior?
  • Is the mankind really responsible for global warming?
  • Is it reasonable to teach creationism in schools?
  • How fair is our election process?
  • Should fathers get a paternity leave just as mothers do?
  • Are parents disrupting their children’s privacy by posting photos online?
  • Is advertising to children ethical?
  • Is average CEO salary justifiable?
  • Should the army promote their programs to high school students?

Best Topics for high school that are interesting and fun to read

  • The positive aspects of rivalry
  • The matter of age in a relationship
  • Is boredom is the surest way to trouble?
  • Should we increase or lower the drinking age?
  • Are the college tuition fees too high?

Those are some of the most interesting, opinionated essay topics for high school level. The biggest perk of the above examples is that most of them are based on a student’s opinion. At the same time, most of these topics presuppose some research — so any idea you’re proving will not be without confirmation. If you want to get more inspiration check out exploratory essay topics as well.

The final word of advice would be to pay your attention not only to the topic you choose but also to the way you present and organize your ideas. Do not forget that any essay should have an intro, main body and conclusion. The main body should be divided into a series of logically connected paragraphs, each presenting a certain point.

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Writing a persuasive essay can be difficult for teachers and students if you don’t have a great idea to help get those creative juices flowing.  These prompts cover a range of issues and topics that are pertinent to middle school and high school students and can be easily adapted to work with a topic you have been teaching in your own class.

Students really enjoy the opportunity to try and change the world in which they live, and hopefully, these prompts might be a great starting point.

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  • Some parents give children a weekly or monthly allowance regardless of their behavior because they believe an allowance teaches children to be financially responsible. Other parents only give children an allowance as a reward for completing chores or when they have behaved properly. Explain what you think parents should do and why.
  • Many schools now require teenagers to spend a certain number of hours each term doing volunteer work or community service. Some people believe this is an excellent idea as it promotes good citizenship and cultivates compassion. Others feel that forced volunteerism is not volunteering at all. How do you feel about this issue? Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.
  • Some parts of the world allow people to get a driver’s license at age sixteen. Many feel this age is much too young for the responsibility that comes with driving a car and that teenagers should not be allowed to drive until the age of 18. In your opinion, at what age should people be allowed to drive, and why?
  • What is your all-time favorite book or movie and why? Write an essay persuading readers to watch this film or read this book.
  • Have you ever made a life changing action that has had a positive effect on you or the lives of others? Write an essay that convinces readers to make a change for the better.
  • You have been asked to write a letter that would convince a organizers of a major event to be hosted in your hometown. Write an essay that convinces these delegates that your town would be great host.
  • Top professional athletes often have salaries and bonuses in the tens of millions of dollars. Do you think these athletes deserve this type of income? Why or why not? Explain your position and use specific reasons and examples.
  • Humans have always wondered about the possibility of life on other planets in the universe. Do you believe extraterrestrial life exists? Write an essay persuading others to share your point of view .
  • If someone discovered the ‘Elixir of life’ that would enable us to live forever, would it be a blessing or a curse? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
  • If you have you ever traveled to a place that you found very meaningful and rewarding? Write an essay that persuades others to visit this important place.
  • Nearly all private schools require students to wear uniforms. Should public school students wear uniforms too? Argue for or against school uniforms for public school students. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.
  • You are to select one item from the twenty-first century to place in a time capsule for future generations, what would you choose? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice, explaining both the item’s significance and the reasons why it embodies the culture of the early twenty-first century.
  • What would improve your town or city? Write an essay convincing officials to make a change that would improve your neighborhood.
  • Some studies have shown students often perform better on exams if music is played softly in the background. However, some students may find the music distracting. Should schools play classical music during exams and/or allow students to listen to headphones whilst working? Take a position and explain your answer.
  • Should parents be a child’s disciplinarian, or their best friend?
  • Take a position and explain your answer using specific reasons and examples.
  • Millions of people visit zoos around the world. But some people believe that zoos are inhumane and that animals should not be kept in captivity. Do you agree? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.
  • In most countries people pay taxes based upon how much they earn: the higher their income, the higher the percentage of that income they must pay in taxes. Many people argue that a flat tax, in which everyone pays the same rate regardless of income, would be a more equitable and desirable tax system. Which of these two tax systems do you think is best, and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
  • Is it wise to devote time and money to building a space station on the moon or Mars? Why or why not? Explain your answer.
  • An ancient Greek proverb states, “All things good to know are difficult to learn.” Do you agree? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your answer.
  • Imagine that you know someone who is unfamiliar with computers and has never been on the Internet. Write an essay convincing this relative to get a computer and get online.
  • Imagine that you have made it to the final round of interviews for your dream job. Convince your prospective employers that you are the one who most deserves the position.
  • Is there something that you believe is truly worth fighting for? Write an essay persuading others that this cause is worth a fight.

If you have any other great ideas for persuasive prompts please post them in the comments section below. 


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Facing the challenge of writing an essay in high school?

This time, it's different. You have the freedom to choose your own topic. While this might sound exciting, it's not always as simple as it seems. The right topic can be the difference between a compelling essay and a forgettable one.

Feeling the pressure? Don't worry. We're here to help.

In this blog post, we're diving into the world of essay topics, specifically tailored for high school students. We've got you covered with a variety of ideas, ranging from persuasive and discursive essays to opinion, expository, and narrative essays. Plus, we're throwing in an extra treat - five unique topics perfect for crafting a five-paragraph essay.

Our list of 65 topics isn't just a random collection. We've carefully mixed creative, fun, easy, and more challenging topics to cater to all tastes and interests. Whether you're looking to impress with your creativity or tackle something more traditional, we've got something for you.

Ready to find the perfect topic for your high school essay? Let's get started!

List of 65 Good Essay Topics for High School Students

Dive into our carefully curated list of 65 engaging essay topics designed for high school students. From thought-provoking to fun, these topics will spark your creativity and set the stage for compelling writing.

Persuasive topics

Starting a persuasive essay means choosing a topic you like and that can also convince others. It's about finding the perfect topic and making strong arguments. For high school students who are eager to look at things in new ways, here are ten persuasive essay topics that mix creative ideas with smart thinking:

  • Should School Start Later to Allow More Sleep?
  • Is Learning a Musical Instrument Important for Students?
  • Should Junk Food Be Banned in Schools?
  • Are School Uniforms Necessary or Outdated?
  • Should High Schools Have Later Start Times?
  • Is Year-Round Schooling Better than Traditional Schooling?
  • Should Students Have Homework Every Day?
  • Are School Cafeterias Offering Healthy Meal Choices?
  • Should Schools Limit the Use of Technology in the Classroom?
  • Is It Important to Have Physical Education Every Day?

These topics are great for encouraging students to think critically and develop persuasive arguments about relevant issues. Remember, a successful persuasive essay doesn't just present facts; it convinces the reader to see things from a new perspective.

Discursive topics

Starting a discursive essay means picking a topic where you can explore different sides fairly. It's about discussing the pros and cons and sharing different viewpoints. Here are ten simple yet engaging discursive essay topics perfect for high school students:

  • School Cafeterias: Should Junk Food Be Banned?
  • Homework: Helpful Practice or Too Much Pressure?
  • Online Learning: Is It as Good as Being in the Classroom?
  • Uniforms at School: Good for Everyone or Too Restrictive?
  • Reality TV: Fun Entertainment or Bad Influence?
  • Zoos: Are They Safe Havens for Animals or Just for Show?
  • Social Media: Connecting People or Causing Stress?
  • Sports: Just for Fun or Important for Health?
  • Public Libraries: Still Needed or Outdated?
  • Group Projects: Best Way to Learn or Too Much Trouble?

These topics are great for discussing different views and will help you see things from more than one angle. Remember, a good discursive essay isn't about picking a side but rather about showing you understand both sides of the story. Pick a topic that makes you curious, and dive into the discussion!

Opinion topics

Writing an opinion essay is all about sharing your views and explaining why you feel that way. It's your chance to express yourself on topics that matter to you. Here are ten fun and easy opinion essay topics perfect for high school students:

  • Cartoons vs. Real-life Shows: Which Are More Entertaining?
  • Are Pets Better Friends Than People Sometimes?
  • Should Schools Start Later in the Morning?
  • Is Playing Video Games Better Than Watching TV?
  • Are Books More Fun to Read on Paper or on a Screen?
  • Should Everyone Learn to Cook?
  • Can Listening to Music Help You Study Better?
  • Is It Better to Travel or Stay Home During Vacations?
  • Are Superheroes the Best Kind of Movies?
  • Should Every Student Learn to Play a Musical Instrument?

These topics are perfect for sharing your personal viewpoint and can be really fun to write about. Remember, the best opinion essays come from what you're really interested in or feel strongly about. So pick a topic that sparks your interest and share your thoughts!

Expository topics

Expository essays are great for diving deep into a topic and explaining it clearly. It's all about laying out the facts and explaining how things work or why they are the way they are. Here are ten good and interesting expository essay topics perfect for high school students:

  • How Does Recycling Help the Environment?
  • What Steps Can You Take to Save Money as a Teenager?
  • How Do Video Games Affect Your Brain?
  • What Are the Benefits of Learning a Second Language?
  • How Does the Weather Affect Your Mood?
  • What Are the Best Ways to Stay Healthy in School?
  • How Do Plants Grow and Why Are They Important?
  • What Makes a Good Leader?
  • How Does the Internet Work?
  • What Are the Effects of Listening to Music on Productivity?

These topics are not only good for writing but also interesting to research and learn about. Expository essays are a chance to explore and explain, so pick a topic that you find fascinating and dive into the details!

Cause and effect topics

Cause and effect essays are about understanding why things happen (the cause) and what happens as a result (the effect). It's like being a detective, looking for clues and connecting the dots. Here are ten easy and creative cause and effect essay topics perfect for high school students:

  • What Happens When You Get Enough Sleep vs. Not Enough?
  • How Does Spending Time Outdoors Affect Your Health?
  • What Are the Effects of Eating Too Much Sugar?
  • How Does Being Organized Help You in School?
  • What Happens When You Regularly Exercise?
  • How Does Watching Too Much TV Affect Your Brain?
  • What Are the Effects of Having a Hobby?
  • How Does Bullying Affect Students in School?
  • What Happens When You Drink Enough Water Every Day?
  • How Does Using Social Media Affect Friendships?

These topics are not only easy to write about but also allow you to be creative in exploring the reasons behind things and their outcomes. Cause and effect essays help you think critically, so choose a topic you're curious about and start investigating!

Narrative topics

Narrative essays are all about telling a story. They allow you to be creative and share experiences or imaginative scenarios. Here are ten easy and interesting narrative essay topics perfect for high school students:

  • A Day You'll Never Forget
  • Your First Day at a New School
  • The Time You Learned a Valuable Lesson from a Mistake
  • A Memorable Trip with Your Family or Friends
  • The Moment You Stood Up for What You Believe In
  • An Unexpected Adventure in Your Neighborhood
  • The Day You Met Someone Who Changed Your Life
  • A Special Family Tradition You Cherish
  • Your Experience of Overcoming a Fear
  • A Funny or Embarrassing Moment You Experienced

Narrative essays are like your personal stories. They're a chance to share a part of your life or your imagination with others. So pick a topic that means something to you or that you find exciting, and let your creativity flow!

Five-paragraph essay topics

5 paragraph essays are a great way to organize your thoughts and keep your writing focused. Here are five creative topics perfect for high school students:

  • "If I Could Invent Something New": Imagine you're an inventor. Describe your invention, how it works, and how it would change the world.
  • "A World Without Smartphones": Describe how daily life would change if smartphones suddenly disappeared. Cover both the challenges and the unexpected benefits.
  • "The Secret Life of My Pet": Narrate a day from the perspective of your pet. What adventures do they have when you're not around?
  • "The Book That Changed My Life": Discuss a book that had a significant impact on you. Explain how it changed your thoughts or behavior.
  • "When Time Stopped": Imagine a day where the clock stopped ticking. How would you spend those endless hours? Describe the events of the day and how the experience changed your view of time.

These topics allow you to be creative and explore different scenarios while keeping your writing structured. Pick a topic that sparks your imagination and start crafting your story!

As we wrap up this journey through diverse and engaging essay topics for high school students, remember that the key to a memorable essay lies in the choice of topic. It's the spark that ignites your writing and captures the reader's interest. Whether you choose a persuasive, discursive, opinion, expository, cause and effect, narrative, or five-paragraph essay, ensure it's a topic that resonates with you personally. Your passion and interest in the subject will shine through your writing, making your essay stand out.

If you're still feeling unsure or pressed for time, remember, Writers per Hour is here to assist. Our essay writing service is tailored for high school students like you, offering guidance and support to help you craft the perfect essay.

But the most important tip :  Choose a topic that speaks to you, one that sparks your curiosity and ignites your desire to write. With the right topic in hand, your essay is already on the path to success.

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101 Interesting Persuasive Essay Topics for Kids and Teens

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Persuasive Essay Topics: Should we allow little kids to play competitive sports?

Persuasive writing is one of those skills that can help students succeed in real life.  Persuasive essays are similar to argumentative , but they rely less on facts and more on emotion to sway the reader. It’s important to know your audience so you can anticipate any counterarguments they might make and try to overcome them. Try reading some mentor texts to show kids great examples of opinion writing. Then use these persuasive essay topics for practice.

School and Education Persuasive Essay Topics

Life and ethics persuasive essay topics, science and technology persuasive essay topics, sports and entertainment persuasive essay topics, just for fun persuasive essay topics.


  • Do you think homework should be required, optional, or not given at all?

Persuasive Essay Topics: Do you think homework should be required, optional, or not given at all?

  • Students should/should not be able to use their phones during the school day.
  • Should schools have dress codes?
  • If I could change one school rule, it would be …
  • Is year-round school a good idea?
  • Should we stop giving final exams?
  • Is it better to be good at academics or good at sports?

Is it better to be good at academics or good at sports?

  • Which is better, private schools or public schools?
  • Should every student have to participate in athletics?
  • Do you think schools should ban junk food from their cafeterias?
  • Should students be required to volunteer in their communities?
  • What is the most important school subject?
  • Are letter grades helpful, or should we replace them with something else?

Persuasive Essay Topics: Are letter grades helpful, or should we replace them with something else?

  • Is it ever OK to cheat on homework or a test?
  • Should students get to grade their teachers?
  • Do you think college should be free for anyone who wants to attend?
  • Should schools be allowed to ban some books from their libraries?
  • Which is better, book smarts or street smarts?

Which is better, book smarts or street smarts?

  • Should all students have to learn a foreign language?
  • Are single-gender schools better or worse for students?
  • Is it OK to eat animals?
  • What animal makes the best pet?
  • Visit an animal shelter, choose an animal that needs a home, and write an essay persuading someone to adopt that animal.
  • If you find money on the ground, should you try to find the person who lost it, or is it yours to keep?

If you find money on the ground, should you try to find the person who lost it, or is it yours to keep?

  • Who faces more peer pressure, girls or boys?
  • Should all Americans be required to vote?
  • Is it better to be kind or truthful?
  • Which is better, giving or receiving?
  • Is it OK to keep animals in zoos?
  • Should we change the minimum driving age in the United States?

Should we change the minimum driving age in the United States?

  • Which is more important, happiness or success?
  • Is democracy the best form of government?
  • Is social media helpful or harmful?
  • Should parents be punished for their children’s mistakes or crimes?
  • Should kids have set bedtimes or just go to bed when they’re sleepy?
  • Do you think the government should find a way to provide free health care for everyone?

Do you think the government should find a way to provide free health care for everyone?

  • Is it better to save your allowance or spend it?
  • Should we ban plastic bags and bottles?
  • Which is better, living in the city or in the country?
  • If I could make a new law, it would be …
  • Is Pluto a planet?
  • Should human cloning be legal?
  • Should vaccines be mandatory?
  • Is it right for countries to still maintain nuclear weapon arsenals?

Is it right for countries to still maintain nuclear weapon arsenals?

  • Should testing on animals be made illegal?
  • Will expanded use of artificial intelligence be good for humanity?
  • Should all people have free Internet access in their homes?
  • Is there intelligent life on other planets?
  • Does technology create more jobs than it eliminates?
  • Should parents use their children’s cell phones to track where they are?
  • Should scientists try to develop a way for people to live forever?

Should scientists try to develop a way for people to live forever?

  • What’s the best type of smartphone: Android or iPhone?
  • Which is better, Macs or PCs?
  • Do people rely too much on technology in the modern world?
  • Should cryptocurrencies replace cash?
  • Should there be a minimum age requirement to own a smartphone?
  • Is it important to keep spending money on space exploration, or should we use the money for other things?

Is it important to keep spending money on space exploration, or should we use the money for other things?

  • Should kids under 13 be allowed to use social media sites?
  • Should we ban cigarette smoking and vaping entirely?
  • Is it better to be an animal that lives in the water or on land?
  • Should kids be allowed to watch TV on school nights?
  • Which is better, paper books or e-books?
  • Is the current movie rating system (G, PG, PG-13, etc.) effective?
  • Are video games better than board games?
  • Should we allow little kids to play competitive sports?

Should we allow little kids to play competitive sports?

  • Which is better, reading books or watching TV?
  • Does playing violent video games make people more violent in real life?
  • Are graphic novels just as valuable as traditional fictional books?
  • Should everyone play on the same sports teams, regardless of gender?
  • Choose a book that’s been made into a movie. Which was better, the movie or the book?

Choose a book that's been made into a movie. Which was better, the movie or the book?

  • Who is the world’s best athlete, present or past?
  • Are professional athletes/musicians/actors overpaid?
  • Which is better, fiction or nonfiction?
  • The best music genre is …
  • What is one book that everyone should read?
  • What new sport should be added to the Olympics?

What new sport should be added to the Olympics?

  • What’s the best video game system?
  • Does playing video games make you smarter?
  • Does reality TV actually depict real life?
  • Should all neighborhoods have free parks and playgrounds?
  • What’s the best holiday?
  • The very best food of all time is …
  • Which is better, artificial Christmas trees or real ones?

Which is better, artificial Christmas trees or real ones?

  • What’s the best season of the year?
  • Should you put ketchup on a hot dog?
  • Is a taco a sandwich?
  • Does fruit count as dessert?
  • Should people have to go to school or work on their birthday?
  • Are clowns scary or funny?
  • Which is more dangerous, werewolves or vampires?

Which is more dangerous, werewolves or vampires?

  • The best pizza topping is …
  • What would be the best superpower to have?
  • Should everyone make their bed every day?
  • Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
  • Should you put pineapple on a pizza?
  • Should you eat macaroni and cheese with a spoon or a fork?

Should you eat macaroni and cheese with a spoon or a fork?

  • Describe the world’s best ice cream sundae.
  • Is Monday the worst day of the week?
  • Would you rather travel back in time or forward in time?
  • Is it better to be too hot or too cold?
  • Are there aliens living among us here on Earth?

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50 Argumentative Essay Topics for Students

50 Argumentative Essay Topics for Students

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The goal of an argumentative essay is to persuade the reader to understand and support your position on an issue by presenting your reasoning along with supporting evidence. It’s important to find the right balance between giving your opinions and presenting established research.

These essays discuss issues around a range of topics, including science, technology, politics, and healthcare. Whether you’re a teacher looking for essay topics for your students or a student tasked with developing an idea of your own, we’ve compiled a list of 50 argumentative essay topics to help you get started!

●  Does texting hinder interpersonal communication skills?

●  Should there be laws against using devices while driving?

●  Do violent video games teach or encourage people to behave violently?

●  Should social media sites be allowed to collect users’ data?

●  Should parents limit how long their children spend in front of screens?

●  Is AI helping or hurting society?

●  Should cyber-bullying carry legal consequences?

●  Should Supreme Court justices be elected?

●  Is war always a political decision?

●  Should people join a political party?

●  Is capitalism ethical?

●  Is the electoral college an effective system?

●  Should prisoners be allowed to vote?

●  Should the death penalty be legal?

●  Are governments around the world doing enough to combat global warming?

●  Is healthcare a fundamental human right?

●  Should vaccinations be mandated for children?

●  Are there any circumstances under which physician-assisted suicides should be legal?

●  Should parents be able to choose specific genetic modifications of their future children?

●  Should abortion be legal?

●  Is it ethical to perform medical experiments on animals?

●  Should patients who lead unhealthy lifestyles be denied organ transplants?

●  Should doctors be able to provide medical care to children against their parents’ wishes?

Mental Healthcare

●  What causes the stigma around mental health?

●  Discuss the link between insufficient access to mental health services and the high suicide rates among veterans.

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●  Should cannabis be used as a treatment for patients with mental disorders?

●  Is there a link between social media use and mental disorders?

●  Discuss the effect of physical activity on mental health.

●  Should sports be segregated by gender?

●  Should male and female athletes be given the same pay and opportunities?

●  Are professional athletes overpaid?

●  Should college athletes be paid?

●  Should sports betting be legal?

●  Should online access to art such as music be free?

●  Should graffiti be considered art or vandalism?

●  Are there any circumstances under which books should be banned?

●  Should schools be required to offer art courses?

●  Is art necessary to society?

●  Should schools require uniforms?

●  Should reciting the Pledge of Allegiance be required in schools?

●  Do standardized tests effectively measure intelligence?

●  Should high school students take a gap year before pursuing higher education?

●  Should higher education be free?

●  Is there too much pressure on high school students to attend college?

●  Are children better off in two-parent households?

●  Should LGBTQ+ partners be allowed to adopt?

●  Should single people be able to adopt children as easily as couples?

●  Is it okay for parents to physically discipline their children?

●  Does helicopter parenting help or hurt children?

●  Should parents monitor their children’s Internet use?

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Interesting High School Argumentative Essay Topics

September 21, 2022

Argumentative essays are meant to convince the readers concerning the facts, value conclusions, and arguments shared by the writer. The main elements that should be considered when writing good argumentative essays include establishing facts that support the main arguments.

The Second element is to clarify the values relevant to the intended audience.

There is also a need to ensure that the values and facts are placed coherently and cohesively; this requires students to prioritize their ideas and edit them in the right sequence. Many high school students find argumentative essay writing a major challenge.

They do not know how to ensure that their points are persuasive enough.

Argumentative Essay Writing

It is important to know that writing essays should not be a matter of informing the readers of what they know, ensuring that they believe and be convinced of the issues being presented. For one to write argumentative essays, a student needs to present the objectives of their analysis by presenting the topic’s key ideas, concepts, and issues.

This is the introduction part that will help the reader know the controversial issues of the subject. The opening section will also give the readers a clue about the position the writer is supporting; this is possible by writing a thesis statement.

Waste a Lot of Time

Essay writing is challenging, but the other most important thing is the topics you select for your essays. Many students can usually write their essays and term papers effectively. Still, they waste a lot of time on the title, thinking that it makes their deadlines closer which can cost their academic lives difficult in the long term.

It would help if you found some interesting high school argumentative essay topics before writing your essays and term papers.

Here is a high school argumentative essay topic list:

Essay Topics for High School Students:

  • Is there life after demise?
  • How much is too much homework?
  • Are school uniforms good or bad idea?
  • Does television influence your intellect?
  • Is our society male-dominated, or do we practice equal sharing?
  • Should fathers get paid paternity leave from work as well?
  • Is there any dissimilarity between illegal drugs and cigarettes?
  • Is keeping newspaper reporters’ sources a secret ethical?
  • Is global warming real? And Global warming, fact or fiction.
  • Since some religious groups are not resistant to atheists, should nonbelievers be large-minded of such religious communities?
  • Is cloning good or bad?
  • Should abortion be legal?
  • Should the death penalty be abolished?
  • Do we follow a fair taxation system?
  • Arguments for and against euthanasia.
  • Should cell phones be allowed in schools?
  • Are prisons the only way to eliminate crime?
  • Can curfews help keep teenagers out of trouble?

Thus, to write some top-drawer essays and term papers, you must select or note down some of the topics mentioned above for the essays and term papers. This way, you would be able to make the best out of your skills. Also, a complete revision is necessary at the end of the task.

It helps to rectify the mistakes committed.

Elevate your essay writing experience with our advanced essay generator . It’s designed to provide insightful and well-crafted arguments on a wide range of high school topics.

It should also include a separate page with proper references and citations at the end.

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100 Interesting Research Paper Topics for High Schoolers

What’s covered:, how to pick the right research topic, elements of a strong research paper.

  • Interesting Research Paper Topics

Composing a research paper can be a daunting task for first-time writers. In addition to making sure you’re using concise language and your thoughts are organized clearly, you need to find a topic that draws the reader in.

CollegeVine is here to help you brainstorm creative topics! Below are 100 interesting research paper topics that will help you engage with your project and keep you motivated until you’ve typed the final period. 

A research paper is similar to an academic essay but more lengthy and requires more research. This added length and depth is bittersweet: although a research paper is more work, you can create a more nuanced argument, and learn more about your topic. Research papers are a demonstration of your research ability and your ability to formulate a convincing argument. How well you’re able to engage with the sources and make original contributions will determine the strength of your paper. 

You can’t have a good research paper without a good research paper topic. “Good” is subjective, and different students will find different topics interesting. What’s important is that you find a topic that makes you want to find out more and make a convincing argument. Maybe you’ll be so interested that you’ll want to take it further and investigate some detail in even greater depth!

For example, last year over 4000 students applied for 500 spots in the Lumiere Research Scholar Program , a rigorous research program founded by Harvard researchers. The program pairs high-school students with Ph.D. mentors to work 1-on-1 on an independent research project . The program actually does not require you to have a research topic in mind when you apply, but pro tip: the more specific you can be the more likely you are to get in!


The introduction to a research paper serves two critical functions: it conveys the topic of the paper and illustrates how you will address it. A strong introduction will also pique the interest of the reader and make them excited to read more. Selecting a research paper topic that is meaningful, interesting, and fascinates you is an excellent first step toward creating an engaging paper that people will want to read.

Thesis Statement

A thesis statement is technically part of the introduction—generally the last sentence of it—but is so important that it merits a section of its own. The thesis statement is a declarative sentence that tells the reader what the paper is about. A strong thesis statement serves three purposes: present the topic of the paper, deliver a clear opinion on the topic, and summarize the points the paper will cover.

An example of a good thesis statement of diversity in the workforce is:

Diversity in the workplace is not just a moral imperative but also a strategic advantage for businesses, as it fosters innovation, enhances creativity, improves decision-making, and enables companies to better understand and connect with a diverse customer base.

The body is the largest section of a research paper. It’s here where you support your thesis, present your facts and research, and persuade the reader.

Each paragraph in the body of a research paper should have its own idea. The idea is presented, generally in the first sentence of the paragraph, by a topic sentence. The topic sentence acts similarly to the thesis statement, only on a smaller scale, and every sentence in the paragraph with it supports the idea it conveys.

An example of a topic sentence on how diversity in the workplace fosters innovation is:

Diversity in the workplace fosters innovation by bringing together individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, which stimulates creativity, encourages new ideas, and leads to the development of innovative solutions to complex problems.

The body of an engaging research paper flows smoothly from one idea to the next. Create an outline before writing and order your ideas so that each idea logically leads to another.

The conclusion of a research paper should summarize your thesis and reinforce your argument. It’s common to restate the thesis in the conclusion of a research paper.

For example, a conclusion for a paper about diversity in the workforce is:

In conclusion, diversity in the workplace is vital to success in the modern business world. By embracing diversity, companies can tap into the full potential of their workforce, promote creativity and innovation, and better connect with a diverse customer base, ultimately leading to greater success and a more prosperous future for all.

Reference Page

The reference page is normally found at the end of a research paper. It provides proof that you did research using credible sources, properly credits the originators of information, and prevents plagiarism.

There are a number of different formats of reference pages, including APA, MLA, and Chicago. Make sure to format your reference page in your teacher’s preferred style.

  • Analyze the benefits of diversity in education.
  • Are charter schools useful for the national education system?
  • How has modern technology changed teaching?
  • Discuss the pros and cons of standardized testing.
  • What are the benefits of a gap year between high school and college?
  • What funding allocations give the most benefit to students?
  • Does homeschooling set students up for success?
  • Should universities/high schools require students to be vaccinated?
  • What effect does rising college tuition have on high schoolers?
  • Do students perform better in same-sex schools?
  • Discuss and analyze the impacts of a famous musician on pop music.
  • How has pop music evolved over the past decade?
  • How has the portrayal of women in music changed in the media over the past decade?
  • How does a synthesizer work?
  • How has music evolved to feature different instruments/voices?
  • How has sound effect technology changed the music industry?
  • Analyze the benefits of music education in high schools.
  • Are rehabilitation centers more effective than prisons?
  • Are congestion taxes useful?
  • Does affirmative action help minorities?
  • Can a capitalist system effectively reduce inequality?
  • Is a three-branch government system effective?
  • What causes polarization in today’s politics?
  • Is the U.S. government racially unbiased?
  • Choose a historical invention and discuss its impact on society today.
  • Choose a famous historical leader who lost power—what led to their eventual downfall?
  • How has your country evolved over the past century?
  • What historical event has had the largest effect on the U.S.?
  • Has the government’s response to national disasters improved or declined throughout history?
  • Discuss the history of the American occupation of Iraq.
  • Explain the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
  • Is literature relevant in modern society?
  • Discuss how fiction can be used for propaganda.
  • How does literature teach and inform about society?
  • Explain the influence of children’s literature on adulthood.
  • How has literature addressed homosexuality?
  • Does the media portray minorities realistically?
  • Does the media reinforce stereotypes?
  • Why have podcasts become so popular?
  • Will streaming end traditional television?
  • What is a patriot?
  • What are the pros and cons of global citizenship?
  • What are the causes and effects of bullying?
  • Why has the divorce rate in the U.S. been declining in recent years?
  • Is it more important to follow social norms or religion?
  • What are the responsible limits on abortion, if any?
  • How does an MRI machine work?
  • Would the U.S. benefit from socialized healthcare?
  • Elderly populations
  • The education system
  • State tax bases
  • How do anti-vaxxers affect the health of the country?
  • Analyze the costs and benefits of diet culture.
  • Should companies allow employees to exercise on company time?
  • What is an adequate amount of exercise for an adult per week/per month/per day?
  • Discuss the effects of the obesity epidemic on American society.
  • Are students smarter since the advent of the internet?
  • What departures has the internet made from its original design?
  • Has digital downloading helped the music industry?
  • Discuss the benefits and costs of stricter internet censorship.
  • Analyze the effects of the internet on the paper news industry.
  • What would happen if the internet went out?
  • How will artificial intelligence (AI) change our lives?
  • What are the pros and cons of cryptocurrency?
  • How has social media affected the way people relate with each other?
  • Should social media have an age restriction?
  • Discuss the importance of source software.
  • What is more relevant in today’s world: mobile apps or websites?
  • How will fully autonomous vehicles change our lives?
  • How is text messaging affecting teen literacy?

Mental Health

  • What are the benefits of daily exercise?
  • How has social media affected people’s mental health?
  • What things contribute to poor mental and physical health?
  • Analyze how mental health is talked about in pop culture.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of more counselors in high schools.
  • How does stress affect the body?
  • How do emotional support animals help people?
  • What are black holes?
  • Discuss the biggest successes and failures of the EPA.
  • How has the Flint water crisis affected life in Michigan?
  • Can science help save endangered species?
  • Is the development of an anti-cancer vaccine possible?


  • What are the effects of deforestation on climate change?
  • Is climate change reversible?
  • How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect global warming and climate change?
  • Are carbon credits effective for offsetting emissions or just marketing?
  • Is nuclear power a safe alternative to fossil fuels?
  • Are hybrid vehicles helping to control pollution in the atmosphere?
  • How is plastic waste harming the environment?
  • Is entrepreneurism a trait people are born with or something they learn?
  • How much more should CEOs make than their average employee?
  • Can you start a business without money?
  • Should the U.S. raise the minimum wage?
  • Discuss how happy employees benefit businesses.
  • How important is branding for a business?
  • Discuss the ease, or difficulty, of landing a job today.
  • What is the economic impact of sporting events?
  • Are professional athletes overpaid?
  • Should male and female athletes receive equal pay?
  • What is a fair and equitable way for transgender athletes to compete in high school sports?
  • What are the benefits of playing team sports?
  • What is the most corrupt professional sport?

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500 Mental Health Argumentative Essay Topics & Ideas

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Mental health is an increasingly prominent topic in contemporary discourse, reflecting its critical impact on individuals and society as a whole. Addressing mental health issues through argumentative essays allows for a deeper exploration of the complexities involved, fostering greater understanding and advocacy. These essays not only provide an opportunity to challenge existing stigmas and misconceptions but also encourage critical thinking and informed debate.

In this article, we present a comprehensive collection of 500 mental health argumentative essay topics and ideas. This extensive list is designed to inspire students, educators, and professionals to engage with diverse aspects of mental health, from policy and treatment to the social and personal dimensions of mental well-being. Whether you're looking to explore current trends, delve into school-related issues, or discuss specific mental health conditions, you'll find a wide array of topics to suit your needs.

Our curated selection is divided into various categories, ensuring a broad coverage of relevant themes. Additionally, we offer practical tips on how to choose a compelling topic for your essay, ensuring that your work is both impactful and insightful. Dive into this resource to find the perfect mental health essay topic  that will not only engage your readers but also contribute meaningfully to the ongoing conversation about mental health.

🏆 TOP Argumentative Mental Health Topics

  • The Importance of Mental Health Awareness
  • Mental Health: Thesis Statement
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder in The "Split" Movie: a Psychological Analysis
  • How Did The Pandemic Affect Your Mental Health: a Reflection
  • Breaking The Stigma of Mental Health: an Essential Endeavor
  • Mental Illness as a Social Problem
  • Borderline Personality Disorder of The Protagonist in ‘Good Will Hunting’ Movie
  • Shutter Island: Psychology and Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • The Effects of Mental Health on Our Life
  • The Main Causes of Mental Health Issues in Students

🔥 20 Trendy Mental Health Argumentative Essay Topics in 2024

  • The Role of Social Media in Influencing Teen Mental Health
  • The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Practices in Managing Anxiety and Depression
  • Should Schools Implement Mental Health Education Programs for Students?
  • The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health in Different Cultures and How to Overcome It
  • The Link Between Religiosity and Mental Health
  • Tracking Mental Well Being by Using Sensing Technology
  • The Importance of Workplace Mental Health Initiatives
  • The Impact of Academic Pressure on Student Mental Health
  • Early Intervention Strategies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • The Role of Exercise in Mental Health
  • The Efficacy of Teletherapy in Mental Health Treatment
  • Addressing Mental Health Disparities in Public Health Policies
  • The Relationship Between Nutrition and Mental Health
  • The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Adult Mental Health
  • Mental Health in Marginalized Communities
  • The Role of Pets in Improving Mental Health
  • The Benefits of Group Therapy for Mental Health
  • The Relationship Between Mental Health and Creativity
  • The Effects of Social Isolation on Mental Health
  • The Use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in Treating Depression and Anxiety

🖋 Good Argumentative Mental Health Topics to Write About

  • Reduction of Inhibitory Control in People with ADHD
  • Ileana Chivescu Case Study
  • The Concept of Shyness in Psychology and Its Relation to Anxiety
  • The Power of Following Your Fear and Anxiety
  • Understanding The Facts Surrounding Bipolar Disorder
  • A Comprehensive Exploration of The Phenomenon in The Teaching Profession
  • The Complex Relationship Between Nursing, Burnout, and Professional Well-being
  • The Relationship Between Academic Burnout and Personality Traits
  • Analyzing Toyota's Recall Challenge
  • Exploring Crisis and Systems Theories in Social Work Practice
  • Understanding, Intervening, and Empowering Through Crisis
  • The Story of a 6 Month Old Baby not Wanting to Live
  • The Issue of Identity in a Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • The Ongoing Researches of Dissociative Identity Disorder, Its Symptoms and Effects
  • Dyslexia Disorder Description
  • Scholarly Pursuits in Special Education
  • How Light is Used in The Circadian Rhythm
  • NFL and MLB Performance Regarding Jet Lag Condition
  • Simulated Clinical Encounter Research Protocol
  • Causes of Witchcraft Mass Hysteria in Salem
  • Gile Coreys Death in The Crucible
  • Grudges and Personal Rivalries as The Basis for a Mass Hysteria
  • Human Nature is Prone to Mass Hysteria: The Crucible and Lindy Chamberlain Case
  • Mass Hysteria, Fear and Paranoia, and Its Effect on People
  • The Royal Free Epidemic of 1955 as a Mass Hysteria
  • Understanding of Mass Hysterias Throughout History: Witches, Communists, and Clowns
  • The Meaning of Psychological Well-being and Its Theoretical Conceptualization
  • Using a Traditional Therapy Model and a Community Psychology
  • Violence in Mental Health Settings
  • Trapped Protagonists in Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale" and Kane's "4.48 Psychosis"
  • Isolation from The Society: Heroism Or Foolishness
  • Racism in American Society in 'Just Walk on By' by Brent Staples
  • Social Isolation in The Elderly: Causes and Consequences
  • Social Isolation, Independence, and Interdependence in Learning Outcomes
  • Where I Lived and What I Lived: Experiment of Social Isolation
  • Key Features of Good Quality Edible Fungi
  • Narrative Essay on Stress
  • Review on The Trichotillomania
  • Worst Experience of My Life Essay
  • The Influence that Arousal, Stress, and Anxiety Can Have on Sport Performance
  • The Main Factors and Causes of Professional Burnout
  • The New Sources of Stress in Modern Society
  • Investigation into The Stress Response of Bacteria
  • The Relationship Between Physiology and Behavior in Stress
  • Conjugal Visits and The Issue of Sexual Encounters in Prison
  • Hips and Pelvis
  • Studies on Recovered Memory and Trauma
  • The Things They Carried Theme Essay
  • Theories of Trauma
  • Trauma at The Tunnel in Los Angeles: Emergency Response

🪄 Simple Argumentative Mental Health Essay Topics

  • The Effect of ADHD on The Life of an Individual
  • Behavioral Disorders: Causes, Symptoms, and Support
  • Understanding ADHD: a Comprehensive Analysis
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) and The Impact Nature Have on It
  • The Importance of Managing Stress and Anxiety in Early Age
  • Anxiety Disorder Among Children and Ways to Prevent It
  • The Issue of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: Causes and What It Feels Like
  • The Effects of Bipolar Disorder on The Human Brain and Behavior
  • Understanding Bipolar Disorder: Causes, Symptoms, and Impact
  • Treating Muscle Dysmorphia
  • Examining Borderline Personality Disorder, a Mental Disorder
  • The Basics of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Overcoming Burnout Syndrome
  • Understanding and Addressing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in The Healthcare Workplace
  • The Impact of Occupational Burnout on Teachers
  • The Toll of Accountability: Burnout in The Nursing Profession
  • What is Nursing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
  • Mental Illness that Affects Millions of People
  • The Connection Between Dissociative Identity Disorder and Criminal Behavior
  • Discussion on Whether Dissociative Identity Disorder is a Valid Disorder
  • Dyslexia: Advocacy, Representation, and Awareness Raising
  • Dyslexia: Understanding and Addressing Challenges in 2023
  • Types of Insomnia
  • Addressing Mental Health: Awareness, Support, and Intervention
  • Problems, Research and Treatment of Major Depression Disorder
  • The Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in The Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder and Its Prevention
  • Supportive Homes for People with Serious Mental Illness
  • Mental Health Challenges in Higher Education
  • Mental Health Awareness Importance: The Bahraini Case
  • Prioritizing Early Intervention for Children's Mental Health
  • The Impact of Covid-19 on Mental Health
  • Mental Illness in The Criminal Justice System
  • The Problem of Ignorance About Mental Illness
  • Perception Vs Reality: The Challenge of Mental Illness
  • Wake Up Mental Health Awareness: Why It is Important
  • The Issue of Stigma Against Mental Patients and Its Solution
  • The Effect of Mental Illnesses on Art Throughout Different Time Periods
  • How Mental Health Affects Us Everyday
  • Mental Illnesses: Definition, Kinds and Its Effects on Society
  • The Problem of Mental Disorders Among School Students
  • The Interrelation Between Mental Illness and Drug Addiction
  • The Stigma of Mental Illness and Forms of Treatment
  • Research of Stigmatization of Mental Illness
  • The Use of Restraint in Mental Health In-patient Environments
  • The Dangers of Smart Phones
  • The Disadvantages of Social Networking
  • Personality Disorder Diagnosis: Personal Experience
  • 10 Things You Do if You Have Maladaptive Daydreaming

🏫 Argumentative Essay Topics about Mental Health in Schools

  • ADHD: The Child/teacher Struggle
  • Diagnosing Dyscalculia and ADHD Diagnosis in Schools
  • The Importance of Online Schooling for ADD/ADHD Students
  • Description and Prevention of The Most Common Mental Health Disorders
  • The Problem of Social Anxiety Disorders of Teenagers
  • A Study of Social Anxiety Disorder and Simple Shyness
  • Anxiety Disorders: Types, Causes, Impacts, Treatment
  • Overview of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Solution for Anxiety Disorders
  • Symptoms and Treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • The Characteristics, Causes, and Prevalence of Panic Disorder, an Anxiety Disorder
  • Treatment, Symptoms, and Prevention Strategies for Bipolar Disorder
  • Understanding Bipolar Disorder: Symptoms, Treatment, and Management
  • Children’s Social and Emotional Well-being
  • Nexus of Educator Stress, Burnout, and Leadership Styles in Girls’ State Secondary Schools
  • The Impact of Leadership Styles on Educator Burnout in a Girls' State Secondary School
  • The Relationship Between Academic Burnout and Personality Traits of Neuroticism and Agreeableness
  • Exploring Theoretical Perspectives and Interventions in Social Work
  • Legal, Ethical, and Practical Dimensions of Online Psychological Interventions in Crisis Situations
  • Theoretical Foundations and Methodological Approaches in Social Work Practice
  • Understanding Crisis Dynamics and Response Strategies
  • Advancing Inclusive Learning: Tech and Educational Strategies
  • Conquering Dyslexia: The Road to Succeeding in Life with The Learning Disability
  • Embracing Inclusivity: Effective Strategies for Students
  • Learning Disabilities: Governance, Employment, and Support
  • My Experience: How to Live with Dyslexia
  • Study of Developmental Phonological Dyslexia
  • A Brain Disorder that Prevents The Comprehension of People
  • Understanding Learning Disabilities
  • My Experience with a Patient with Depressive Disorder
  • Addressing The Stigma and The Importance of Treatment
  • Breaking The Stigma of Mental Health: Awareness and Acceptance
  • Exploring Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
  • Mental Health Awareness: Importance and Impact
  • Mental Health Crisis Among College Students
  • Mental Health Crisis of University Students: Analysis of The Impact of Covid-19
  • Mental Health Issues Among Malaysian Students: Finding Coping Methods
  • Mental Health of The Lower Class
  • My Struggle with Anxiety and Depression
  • Personality Dysfunctions on The Characters in Winnie The Pooh
  • Prioritizing Mental Health: Individual and Collective Responsibility
  • Should Standardized Testing Be Abolished?
  • Teenage Mental Health: The Increase in Mental Illnesses
  • The Impact of Mental Health in Schools
  • The Importance of Psychology in Developing Countries
  • The Importance of Understanding of Self-knowledge and The Subconscious Mind
  • Understanding Mental Health: Definition, Causes, and Impacts
  • Understanding Self-injury from Personal Experience
  • Factors Affecting Mental Health of a Nurse
  • Social Isolation: Effects on an Individual from a Social, Medical and Psychological Perspective

👩‍🎓 Mental Health Debate Topics for Students

  • How Americans Relate to Depression in "Comfortably Numb" by Charles Barber
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Unpacking The Traits
  • Research on Psychopathy as a Neuro-developmental Disorder
  • A Study of The Management of Mental Illnesses in a Family
  • A Study of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • A Study Regarding Medication Adherence Among Female Inmates with Bipolar Disorder
  • An Analysis of The Relation Between Mental Illness, Ethnicity and Social Classes
  • An Argument on Dissociative Identity Disorder (did) as Fictitious
  • An Examination of The Six Mental Illnesses and Its Impact on Human Life
  • An Overview of Dissociative Identity Disorder, Its Types, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • An Overview of Narcissism and How to Deal with It
  • Analysis of a Personality with Mental Issues Using Jung's and Adler's Theories
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  • Character Analysis of Girl Interrupted
  • Childhood Trauma and College Freshmen
  • Concurrent Disorder Case Study Reflection
  • Crisis Understanding, Intervention, and Recovery
  • Dear Person Who is "So Ocd"
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  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Distress and Demoralization of Nurses as a Source of Anxiety and Job Seniority
  • Effects and Treatment of Bipolar Disorders
  • Emergency Service Burnout Symptoms and Solutions
  • Empowering Recovery: The Human Service Model for College Substance Abuse
  • Fears and Phobias
  • How Psychopathy Can Be Seen as Conditional Defense Mechanism
  • Ian Gallagher: Mania and Manmas in The Show Shameless
  • Incidents of Mass Hysteria Throughout History
  • John and Jane: Women Are Prone to Madness
  • Learning Disability in America
  • Main Characteristics of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Mass Hysteria and Its Impact on Society in The Crucible
  • Mass Hysteria in The Crucible
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  • Mental Health: Prioritizing Education, Access, and Awareness
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  • OCD: Understanding and Promoting Mental Health Awareness
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  • Perfectionism is Destroying People
  • Personal Experience of The Struggles Associated with Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD
  • Personality Disorders and Their Treatment
  • Prioritizing Mental Health: Significance and Impact
  • Psychological Disorders Overview: Classification, Prevalence
  • Reflecting on My Real Life Experience with Trauma
  • Research of Whether Dissociative Identity Disorder is a Real Disorder
  • Sources of Stress in Youth
  • The Psychological Impact of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • The Mechanism of Mass Hysteria in The Past and Today
  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
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  • The History, Origin, Types, Misconceptions and Treatment of Mental Diseases
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🚑 Health Care Argumentative Essay Topics

  • Is It Ethical For Parents To Use Genetic Engineering To Create “Designer Babies” With Specific Physical And Intellectual Traits?
  • Should The Government Implement Stronger Regulations On Pharmaceutical Pricing?
  • Is It Ethical To Prioritize Healthcare Resources For Younger Patients Over Older Patients During A Crisis?
  • What Role Should Alternative Medicine Play In Modern Healthcare?
  • Compare and Contrast Psychologists and Psychiatrists
  • Should Organ Donation Be Mandatory?
  • Is Surrogacy Ethical?
  • How to Remedy Penile Dysmorphic Disorder (PDD)
  • DSM System for Mental Disorder Classification
  • The Impact of Gluten on Mental Health
  • Should Mental Health Care Be Integrated Into Primary Healthcare Services?
  • How Can Telemedicine Bridge The Gap In Healthcare Accessibility In Rural Areas?
  • The Importance of Autonomy in Counselling
  • Should Healthcare Be Considered A Basic Human Right?
  • Is The Privatization Of Healthcare Services Beneficial Or Harmful To The Public?
  • The Shift in Ideas About Mental Diseases Over The Years
  • Should Parents Be Legally Required To Vaccinate Their Children To Protect Public Health?
  • Should The Government Legalize Assisted Suicide For Terminally Ill Patients?
  • The Perception of Mental Illnesses by Senegalese People
  • Should Hospitals Be For-Profit Or Nonprofit Institutions?
  • Understanding Mental Health and Its Impact on Individuals and Society
  • Why Mental Illness is More Prevalent in The LGBT Community than in The General Population
  • Should Minors Have Access To Emergency Contraception?
  • Why Perfectionism is Associated with Depression, Anorexia Nervosa, Suicide Ideation and Early Death
  • Should The U.S. Government Offer Its Own Healthcare Plan?
  • The Effectiveness Of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Cbt) In Treating Anxiety And Depression
  • Should The Government Fund Research On Embryonic Stem Cells For Medical Treatments?
  • The Role Of Nutrition In Managing Chronic Diseases
  • The Impact Of Climate Change On Global Health
  • The Ethics Of Mandatory Vaccination Policies For Healthcare Workers

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  • Prevention of Depression, Anxiety and Burnout in Resident Doctors – a Systematic Review
  • About Depression in College: Understanding and Overcoming
  • Darwinian Psychology and Depression: The Gender Differential Hypothesis
  • The Connection Between Internet Addiction and Depression Within Adolescents
  • Causes of Depression Among International Students
  • Depression and Its Effects on Mind and Body
  • Depression in Teenagers: Causes and Ways to Overcome
  • How to Overcome Teenage Depression
  • Living in Depression: a Firsthand Account
  • Overview of Electronic Problem-solving Treatment (EPST) System to Treat Depression
  • The Role of Minerals in Preventing and Combating Depression
  • Research on Depression and Working Memory
  • The Link Between Self-esteem and Adolescent Depression
  • Depression as The Reason of Serious Health Problems and Suicide
  • Positive Thinking as Treatment for Depression
  • A Depressing World with Different Obstacles
  • A Report on Depression in University Students and How to Overcome It
  • Depression: Definition, Risks, Symptoms and Treatment
  • Understanding Depression: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
  • Depression: Definition and Ways of Resolving Caused Problems
  • The Factors Influencing Depression Development
  • The Effects of Depression in Your Body and Its Treatment
  • The Issue of Depression and Its Reality Nowadays
  • Depression Facts and Statistics: Psychiatry's Deadliest Scam in the DSM
  • Depression is Depression an Actual Illness
  • My Depression: a Tale of Struggle and Resilience
  • What Are You Depressed About Think About It
  • What is a Depression?
  • How Depression Changed My Life: College Admission Paper
  • The Issue of Depression: Mental Battle
  • Dysregulated Processing of Negative and Positive Responses in Depression
  • Genetic Disorder Report: Clinical Depression
  • Review on Depression in Scotland
  • The Epidemic of Depression Among Students and Teenagers
  • How to Overcome Depression and Anxiety
  • Depression and Its Main Causes
  • The Best Way to Help Someone Who is Depressed
  • Overview of Biological Predispositions and Risk Factors Associated with Depression
  • Teen Depression - Symptoms and Causes
  • Anxiety and Depression During Emerging Adulthood
  • MYP Personal Project: Childhood Anxiety and Insecurity
  • Overview of Anxiety Disorders in Children, Its Types and Impact
  • Influence of an Anxious Response on a Person
  • How to Overcome Anxiety Disorder
  • Representation of The Social Anxieties About Diversity
  • Cognitive Behavioral Theory Application for Anxiety Disorder
  • Lowdown on Anxiety and How to Cope with It Better
  • Research of Anxiety Increasing in The United States
  • Anxiety The Ever Tightening Spiral
  • Clinical Assessment: Case Study
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  • Reflection on How I Fought My Social Anxiety with The Help of Family
  • Pros and Cons of Anxiety
  • Anxiety and Depression Among College Students: a Critical Analysis
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  • Anxiety Disorders Experienced by Children
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  • What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Its Treatment
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20+ Argumentative Essay Topics for High School

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The first step to writing a high school-level argumentative essay is to determine what topics interest and singling out an idea that would be worth exploring.

In our experience, choosing arguable and educational topics tends to be challenging for most students than writing the essay itself. So we’ve put together a list of 20+ topic ideas to make it easy for you to get started right away.

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  • Having to look through a list of revenant topics can take much of your time, but it’s a worthwhile approach for identifying an area to focus on.
  • Topic selection can be an intense process, but preliminary research can go a long way to help you choose the right area to focus your effort and attention.
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20+ High School Argumentative Essay Topics

The following is a list of 30+ argumentative essay topics that are interesting enough to explore if you’re at high school level:

Easy Essay Topics about Environment

  • Should we aim to eliminate single-use plastics?
  • To what extent are humans accountable for global climate change?
  • Do electric cars truly live up to their environmental claims?
  • How does vegetarian food affect the environment?
  • Is the United States taking sufficient measures to combat global climate change?
  • Can nuclear waste be securely stored?
  • 10. Is the US making adequate efforts to decrease CO2 emissions?

Technology Essay Topics for High School Level

  • Social media is harmful to high school children and always has grave consequences.
  • Does technology make people more dependent, and if so, how significant is this issue?
  • Should we consider the Internet as a public utility, and what are the implications of such a designation?
  • Students must not have the permission to have phones in class let alone bring them to school.
  • Should there be a legal age limit for social media use?
  • Should the United States increase its investment in the space program?

Essay Topics that Focus on Human Ethics and Society

  • Is the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports justifiable or unethical?
  • Should the government abolish death penalty or maintain it as a form of punishment?
  • Is censorship of art and media necessary for society or an infringement on freedom of expression?
  • Should social media platforms be liable for the spread of fake news and misinformation?
  • Is homeschooling a better alternative to traditional public education?
  • Is the government responsible for providing healthcare to its citizens?
  • Should recreational marijuana use be legalized or remain illegal?
  • Is affirmative action necessary for promoting diversity in higher education and employment?
  • Should the minimum wage be increased or kept the same?
  • Is gun control an effective solution for reducing gun violence in society?

Argumentative Essay Topics Related to School

  • Does the school dress code discriminate against certain genders?
  • Should school uniforms be mandatory for students?
  • Is a year-round school calendar better than the traditional one?
  • Is homework an essential part of a student’s education?
  • Should teachers be flexible with accepting late assignments?

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Interesting High School Essay Topics

  • Should flag burning be permissible?
  • Can parents face legal consequences for their children’s truancy?
  • Do social media have a negative impact on relationships?
  • Should the government mandate businesses to prioritize diversity in hiring?
  • Do you support raising the minimum wage?
  • Is college education necessary for everyone?
  • Is climate change a significant and genuine threat?
  • Do wind farms provide benefits to the environment and the economy?
  • Is it unsafe to use DNA for genealogy purposes?
  • Should parents have the right to refuse medical treatment for their children?
  • Is the US falling behind other countries regarding education?
  • Do the actions of a nation’s leader influence the actions of its citizens?
  • Should schools be required to provide art courses?
  • Should all new vehicles be electric?
  • Will AI have a positive or negative impact on the world?
  • Should schools permit certain types of personal expression?

General Argumentative Essay Topics for High School

  • Are e-readers inferior to printed books?
  • Should college education be free for all?
  • Do you think beauty standards should be more inclusive?
  • Are all college majors equally valuable?
  • Is social media harmful to children?
  • Has technology redefined the concept of magic?
  • Is climate change the most significant global threat?
  • Should everyone have access to free healthcare?
  • How effective are anti-discrimination laws in protecting disabled students?
  • Is an online degree as valid as a degree from a traditional university?
  • Is it a conflict of interest for a professor to require their students to purchase their own book?

Science Argumentative Essay Topics for High School

  • Is social media exacerbating the mental health crisis, despite its potential to connect people?
  • Are social media companies responsible for addressing the negative impact on their users?
  • Should there be more regulations governing social media influencers?
  • Is it appropriate to ban the use of Photoshop?
  • Is modern technology enabling us to become more self-sufficient or more dependent? (While YouTube provides a wealth of knowledge, we rely heavily on GPS for navigation…)
  • Does technology facilitate or impede modern-day communication?
  • Is technology helping or harming the development of social and communication skills?
  • Should the government allocate more funds to space exploration or focus on addressing issues on Earth?

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The Real Faces Behind ‘Remember the Titans’: their Lives and Legacy

This essay about “Remember the Titans” explores the real-life inspirations behind the film’s portrayal of a 1971 high school football team in Alexandria, Virginia. It focuses on the challenges and achievements of coaches Herman Boone and Bill Yoast, who led the racially integrated team through a season of social tensions and triumphs. The narrative highlights key team members like Gerry Bertier and Julius Campbell, emphasizing how their evolving relationships symbolize broader societal changes. The essay also addresses the film’s historical inaccuracies, emphasizing its emotional truth and the profound impact of the team’s unity on their community. Through their story, the essay illustrates the enduring power of sports to unify diverse groups and inspire societal progress.

How it works

“Remember the Titans” is more than just a film; it is a vivid portrayal of real-life events that tackled racism and united a community through the power of sportsmanship and teamwork. The movie, released in 2000, dramatizes the true story of the 1971 T.C. Williams High School football team from Alexandria, Virginia, a team that became a symbol of racial harmony and success against the odds. The movie’s emotional depth is rooted in its characters, who are based on real people with stories as compelling as any Hollywood script.

At the heart of “Remember the Titans” is the dynamic and revolutionary coach Herman Boone, played by Denzel Washington. Boone was a pioneering figure in a racially volatile community, tasked with integrating the first racially mixed team in the school’s history. His unyielding approach to overcoming racial divisions and forging a team out of disparate parts won him both admiration and criticism. His real-life counterpart was known for his strict discipline and his belief in meritocracy, qualities that made him both a formidable coach and a controversial figure.

Another key figure is Coach Bill Yoast, portrayed by Will Patton in the film. Yoast, the former head coach of the white team, becomes Boone’s assistant. His willingness to put aside ego and work under Boone, not just for the team’s success but also for the greater good of the community, exemplifies his profound character strength and adaptability. This cooperation was pivotal, symbolizing broader social changes and the potential for racial harmony.

The players themselves, such as team captains Gerry Bertier and Julius Campbell, whose friendship forms the emotional core of the movie, were also significant to the team’s success. Their transition from hostility to brotherhood represents the potential for change among the youth, guided by determined leadership. In real life, their friendship helped to cement the team’s unity and was a microcosm of the team’s overall dynamics.

However, while “Remember the Titans” is inspirational, it takes creative liberties typical of cinematic adaptations. The real-life Titans faced racism and adversity, but some of the film’s most dramatic moments, like the grave injury of Gerry Bertier, did not occur during the season as depicted but happened later. This dramatization serves to enhance the narrative tension and highlight the themes of resilience and unity.

Despite these embellishments, the essence of the Titans’ story is true to life. Their undefeated season is a historical fact, but more importantly, their impact on the community is undeniable. The team’s success offered a counter-narrative to the prevailing racial conflicts of the time, suggesting that cooperation and mutual respect could forge a better future.

In looking at the legacy left by the Titans, it’s clear that the story of the 1971 T.C. Williams High School football team is more than just an underdog sports victory. It is a testament to the power of sports as a unifying force. The lessons from the Titans are particularly relevant today, reminding us that change is possible when individuals choose to lead by example and stand together, irrespective of their backgrounds.

“Remember the Titans” does more than remember; it invites us to consider how far we have come and how much further we still have to go in the quest for racial equality and unity. It celebrates the real people behind the movie—their struggles, their victories, and their enduring influence on society. Their story continues to inspire and challenge us to see beyond our differences and work collectively for a common goal.


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The beginning of your essay should, first and foremost, always have a strong opening sentence . This sentence sets the tone for not only your readers but for the entire essay. Having a wobbly, almost interesting opener can steer an admissions officer and/or professor away, so you want it to be strong. And it doesn't have to be complicated! Less is more in this situation. Here are a couple of ways you can accomplish this.

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  • Think about ways to evoke emotion

Here are some examples of impressionable openers:

  • Example 1: When I was 11 years old, my mother told me she had cancer over breakfast.
  • Example 2: Maybe yellow isn't my favorite color.
  • Example 3: I sat next to this girl in class who made me feel stupid.

DISCLAIMER : your opener should ALWAYS adhere to the essay prompts. These are just a few examples that can capture your reader's attention almost immediately.

In order to keep readers interested, visuals are key . Image-based descriptions will not only add value to your writing, it will give your readers front seats to your essay's journey. These descriptions let actions speak for themselves.

Here is an example of a description and demonstration in an essay:

  • Example 1: "I was sitting on a bar stool when the word 'cancer' hit me like the smell of her coffee brewing on the stove. The Rice Krispies were popping in my cereal bowl, and MTV Jams was playing in the background, yet all I could hear was the sound of doom all around me. The lips of my mother were moving, but I was frozen, crumbling on this stool like my mother's health. She was sick, and I didn't know how sick or what that even meant, and that terrified me."

Why This Works:

Here you can clearly feel the writers emotional state: shocked, still, scared. Not only is this moment at breakfast traumatic, you feel frozen in time with the writer. Using descriptions like this will evoke so much emotion and leave your reader wanting more.

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Something one of my teachers told me in high school was any good essay will have personal elements in it, no matter the topic. That always stuck with me and became the way I approached my college essays. Showing vulnerability in your writing will always guarantee interest. It also evokes emotion.

You can show vulnerability by:

  • Being honest
  • Explaining what's going on inside underneath the exterior
  • Describe what's going on around you at the moment
  • Letting go of the fear of being seen
  • Connecting with the topic
  • Being transparent about mistakes/flaws

Examples of showing vulnerability:

  • Example 1 : My mother telling me she had cancer over breakfast was not on my bingo card this year.
  • Example 2 : I never thought losing someone I love would change me.
  • Example 3: I had to lose everything in order to gain everything.

I know being vulnerable can be tough for some , but showing this side of you to college admissions officers and/or professors will not only make you stand out, but it can also help free you of things that might be weighing on your mind. Not to sound corny, but it can be therapeutic and make you a better writer . Just make sure you are staying on track with the essay prompt, and you're set!

Whether it's believed or not, an admissions officer wants to see pieces of you in your personal statement, so starting your essay by showing authenticity is a major major key. Along with being vulnerable, there are a few ways you can achieve this.

  • Reflect : Take the time to reflect on your experiences, values, and beliefs that have shaped who you are today. Let your values, passions, and interests shine through in your writing.
  • Mind Your Voice : Write in your own voice and avoid trying to sound like someone you're not. Authenticity comes from being genuine and true to yourself.
  • Tell Your Story : Share personal anecdotes and insights that show your unique perspective.
  • Be True to You : Focus on what matters to YOU (as long as you're on topic!). Write about what is meaningful and important to you rather than what you think admissions officers want to hear.

Above all, be open . Showing introspection and self-awareness in your essay will show any admissions committee who you are beneath the surface, as well as your personal growth.

You can also begin your essay being as random and silly as you'd like . It goes hand-in-hand with other important factors like vulnerability and authenticity. But don't get too crazy . Beginning your essay with something strange will definitely draw readers in. Let me show you what I mean.

  • Example 1 : I start my mornings off in silence and solitude to keep people away from me.
  • Example 2 : Sometimes, I like to circle big words in complex articles to learn new words. Yeah, but to also keep one in my back pocket for later use.
  • Example 3 : Being the youngest child means getting away with everything you want, and that's exactly how I like it.

Do you see how each sentence draws you in? Not only are they light-hearted, but they also make you want to know why you want to keep people away in the morning and what kind of weapon you're forming against others with new words. And every youngest sibling will attest to feeling that exact same way. All of these examples are sure to make your essay fun, show who you are, and leave readers wanting more.

mistakes to avoid in college essays

Years of writing college essays have taken me through every high and low of the process possible. And when they're good, they're great! But for some reason, my mistakes stick out more than anything. So, I've compiled a list of common mistakes to avoid when writing your college essay .

  • Avoid Being Cliche - While you want to be captivating, you want to avoid overly used syntax and phrases that could potentially lose your reader's curiosity. For example, "in today's day and age," "follow my heart," "don't judge a book by its cover," etc. are all cliches that can be avoided by thinking outside of the box.
  • Using Vocabulary to be Impressive - I know you want to impress the admissions committees, but it's important to stick to what you know and not what you can allude to. That is, use verbiage that resonates with your personality. Using extravagant words can work against you, and they can also sound forced. College admissions officers want to see the real you, so show it to them.
  • Steer Clear of Controversy - Though it's not said enough, your college essay should tell your personal story and not touch on things that can stir the pot. For instance, talking about politics and religious beliefs may not be the route you want to take UNLESS it's called for in the college essay topic. And if so, stay on track with the essay prompts.
  • Procrastinating : Waiting until the last minute to start writing your essay will bite you in the butt. You will feel rushed and end up writing a poorly crafted piece. Give yourself enough time to complete an essay draft, edit the draft, and repeat this two-step cycle until your essay is complete.
  • Lack of originality : This goes hand-in-hand with avoiding cliches. Your college essay should exude a lot of your personality, so show admissions officers and teachers who you are! Include your cultural background, test scores that you're proud of, any future aspirations, etc. This all depends on the essay prompts, of course, but in my experience, every essay topic has room to show who you are.
  • Ignoring the prompt : This is a major key. STAY ON TRACK. Make sure to carefully read and understand the essay prompt, and write your essay accordingly. The last thing you want to do is write a college essay that has nothing to do with the prompt. Reading is essential here.
  • Lack of focus : If you want to know how to start a college essay, that means knowing how to stay focused. Find a quiet space, turn off electronics, hide your phone, and really nestle into how you want to capture your reader's attention. This will help you use your five senses clearly, keep your writing strong and not write an overly wordy essay. Focus is the tool here.
  • Poor organization : Make sure your essay has a strong structure with clear transitions between paragraphs. An outline will work best to accomplish this. If you go into starting your college essay without a plan, be prepared to hit all roadblocks.
  • Neglecting to Revise and Edit : Like procrastinating, don't fail to revise and edit your work. Always, always, always proofread your essay for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors , as well as clarity and coherence.
  • Not Seeking Feedback : Listen, I know that completing an essay is an accomplishment in itself, and you immediately want to submit it, but it's so beneficial to have others read your essay for feedback. You can only spot so many holes in your work when your eyes are constantly reviewing it, so a second, third, or even fourth set of eyes can help point out areas for improvement.

Above all, trust the writing process. Though I do want you to be aware of your jargon, don't get too wrapped up in thinking you're making a mistake. That's what editing is for! Once you complete your college essay, you should always revise and edit accordingly . What you thought sounded good might make you edit it to sound great. Just keep in mind that many colleges are looking for honesty and authenticity vs how well you can sound on paper . So, if you're aware of these factors, you'll be good to go.

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Ways to Overcome Writer's Block

Take it from someone who has suffered from chronic writer's block, it's a pain to get through . Imagine being on a writing streak so good that when you stop, the entire essay writing process stops as a whole. It's definitely a challenge, but after 10 years of writing essays and really honing my craft, I learned a few things that have helped me get through even the thickest of writer's blocks, and I want to share them with you. Check them out:

  • Take a break : This works every single time. Take a short break and step away from your computer to clear your mind and come back with a fresh perspective. For me, 15 minutes is all I ever need. If you need more time, that's okay. Just try not to make your break a rest.
  • Freewriting : Sometimes, I'd start writing without worrying about my structure or grammar to get the ideas flowing, and surprisingly enough, I found my essay taking a pleasant turn.
  • Change your environment : Move around. Don't underestimate the effects of a different location or workspace to stimulate creativity. Try coffee shops, bookstores, a park, or a new room in your house. New environment, new energy.
  • Set small goals : This one is actually the most important. Some people get overwhelmed with the word "essay" for things like lack of proper writing skills, pressure to write a great essay, etc. But if you try breaking down your writing task into smaller, manageable chunks to make it less overwhelming, it can help. For example, set a goal of three paragraphs one day, take a day to edit those paragraphs, two more the next day, and so forth. Find a formula that works for you.
  • Brainstorming : Write down all your ideas--everything. No matter how small you think the idea is, write it down. Even if these ideas seem unrelated, they will help you generate new thoughts and connections.
  • Read or listen to music : It took me a while to realize this helps, but engaging in other forms of art can inspire new ideas and break through mental blocks. And new creativity can lead you to impress admissions officers.
  • Talk it out : As a writer, it's hard to let people in on the creative process, but discussing my ideas with a friend, family member, or colleague helped me gain new perspectives and insights.
  • Relax and Meditate : Hear me out: it works! Practice deep breathing and/or meditation to reduce stress and anxiety that may be contributing to writer's block.

I won't sugarcoat it: the college application process can be intimidating , but it doesn't have to throw you off your game. When it comes to college essays, I see them as opportunities to be fun and expressive. Trust me when I say if you have fun with it, you'll attract the reader's attention , paint vivid details, and write an essay that will leave the admissions officer wanting you at their school. So, take it one step at a time and watch your personal statement come to life.


How can I make my college essay stand out to admissions officers?

Simply put, be yourself. As long as you stay on track with the essay's topic, showing pieces of yourself will allow admissions officers to know more about who you are. Essays are meant to show readers who you are, how you feel, and what you think naturally, not robotically, so be authentic in your writing, and you'll be sure to stand out amongst the rest.

What are some common mistakes to avoid when writing a college essay?

Some common mistakes to avoid in your essay are using cliches and boring wording. You also want to avoid procrastinating, wasting time, not focusing, not editing, etc. When writing your essay, you want to make sure you give your writing the time and attention it deserves, so make sure you're aware of what is pulling you away from your writing. This will help you stay focused. If you have any other doubts, refer to the section about mistakes in this article and let it guide you to success.

How important is the college essay in the admissions process?

Your college essay is key in the admissions process . It's an admissions committee's first impression of you as a writer and potential student, so it should be taken very seriously. Trying to cut corners or rush through the writing process will be obvious, and it will stand out more than things like test scores, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and any other positive influence you've had in your life. So, don't take the easy way out and really work on your essay.

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All about Zia: Relieving stress with crocheting, snowboarding

Tell something about you that most people don't know.

I'm really big into crocheting. It's a way for me to relieve stress when softball or school gives me a big headache. It was one of my New Year's resolution.

What do you believe to be the world's greatest invention?

I'm going to say the wheel. A lot of things stem from that technology. Our world wouldn't be working the same way without that invention.

If you could be any superhero, who would you be?

I really like the movie "The Incredibles" and love the character Frozone. He's got ice-based powers. I love how he helps people because he does it in a fun way.

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What has been your favorite vacation?

I love when our family goes snowboarding in Colorado. It's a great time to spend with family because we don't really see each other all the time in our regular lives because of school and sports.

Sixth-grade essay leads to softball

I hear you actually founded softball at Ann Richards. How did that start?

Basically I helped start the program from scratch. When I was in sixth grade, I had to write an essay as an application process to get into school here. In that essay I wrote how I wanted to start a softball team during my time at Ann Richards. That was really the seed or the spark of it.

What happened next?

In ninth grade I went to our see our athletic director (Meg Brown). She's the main reason we have softball at this school. I was in her office practically every day, figuring out what we could do, how to get equipment, what fields can we use. I would get her to send emails to the district, asking how we could do this.

How did you get girls involved with softball?

At the end of my freshman year, we had four softball clinics to see if there was interest. We were teaching skills: how to hit the ball, how to field the ball. None of them had ever picked up a ball this season. This year we got a field, got a schedule, and it's happening. I'm so happy about it.

What has been your favorite memory this season?

It's really the people. A lot of softball teams have had drama because people think they're better than each other. It's not like that here. They know we're all in the same boat. It's so easy because they want to get better and they know they have to be friends with each other.

What's the hardest thing for you to do in softball?

For me, it's hitting. But it's also not getting down on myself. My mom likes to say that athletes need short-term memories so they don't remember their errors and grow from it. I've taken that to life. If I fail a test in school, I need to learn from it so I can do better next time.

Dream dinner: Reconnecting with her grandpa

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, who would they be?

My grandpa Drake, (former Texas softball player) Jenae Jefferson and Akbar the Great (a Mughal emperor of India from 1556 to 1605).

Why did you choose your grandpa?

I would actually like to have dinner with him before he got diagnosed with dementia when I was little. I'd always hear stories of the man he was before this. It's a little hard.

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Other Central Texas softball players we've interviewed this season: Leander UT Catelyn Beckerley , Westlake P Eden Matt, Round Rock OF Meghan Merwick , Hyde Park UT Olivia Villanueva

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We’re almost halfway through 2024 and we at The Book Review have already written about hundreds of books. Some of those titles are good. Some are very good. And then there are the following.

We suspect that some (though certainly not all) will be top of mind when we publish our end-of-year, best-of lists. For more thoughts on what to read next, head to our book recommendation page .

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James , by Percival Everett

In this reworking of the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Jim, the enslaved man who accompanies Huck down the Mississippi River, is the narrator, and he recounts the classic tale in a language that is his own, with surprising details that reveal a far more resourceful, cunning and powerful character than we knew.

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Good Material , by Dolly Alderton

Alderton’s novel, about a 35-year-old struggling to make sense of a breakup, delivers the most delightful aspects of romantic comedy — snappy dialogue, realistic relationship dynamics, funny meet-cutes and misunderstandings — and leaves behind clichéd gender roles and the traditional marriage plot.

Martyr! , by Kaveh Akbar

A young Iranian American aspiring poet and recovering addict grieves his parents’ deaths while fantasizing about his own in Akbar’s remarkable first novel, which, haunted by death, also teems with life — in the inventive beauty of its sentences, the vividness of its characters and the surprising twists of its plot.

The Hunter , by Tana French

For Tana French fans, every one of the thriller writer’s twisty, ingenious books is an event. This one, a sequel to “The Searcher,” once again sees the retired Chicago cop Cal Hooper, a perennial outsider in the Irish west-country hamlet of Ardnakelty, caught up in the crimes — seen and unseen — that eat at the seemingly picturesque village.

Wandering Stars , by Tommy Orange

This follow-up to Orange’s debut, “There There,” is part prequel and part sequel; it trails the young survivor of a 19th-century massacre of Native Americans, chronicling not just his harsh fate but those of his descendants. In its second half, the novel enters 21st-century Oakland, following the family in the aftermath of a shooting.

Headshot , by Rita Bullwinkel

Set at a women’s boxing tournament in Reno, Nev., this novel centers on eight contestants, and the fights — physical and emotional — they bring to the ring. As our critic wrote: This story’s impact “lasts a long time, like a sharp fist to your shoulder.”

Beautyland , by Marie-Helene Bertino

In 1970s Philadelphia, an alien girl sent to Earth before she’s born communicates with her fellow life-forms via fax as she helps gather intel about whether our planet is habitable. This funny-sad novel follows the girl and her single mother as they find the means to persevere.

Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder , by Salman Rushdie

In his candid, plain-spoken and gripping new memoir, Rushdie recalls the attempted assassination he survived in 2022 during a presentation about keeping the world’s writers safe from harm. His attacker had piranhic energy. He also had a knife. Rushdie lost an eye, but he has slowly recovered thanks to the attentive care of doctors and the wife he celebrates here.

Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here: The United States, Central America, and the Making of a Crisis , by Jonathan Blitzer

This urgent and propulsive account of Latin American politics and immigration makes a persuasive case for a direct line from U.S. foreign policy in Central America to the current migrant crisis.

The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook , by Hampton Sides

By the time he made his third Pacific voyage, the British explorer James Cook had maybe begun to lose it a little. The scientific aims of his first two trips had shifted into something darker. According to our reviewer, the historian Hampton Sides “isn’t just interested in retelling an adventure tale. He also wants to present it from a 21st-century point of view. ‘The Wide Wide Sea’ fits neatly into a growing genre that includes David Grann’s ‘ The Wager ’ and Candice Millard’s ‘ River of the Gods ,’ in which famous expeditions, once told as swashbuckling stories of adventure, are recast within the tragic history of colonialism .”

The Rebel’s Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon , by Adam Shatz

This absorbing biography of the Black psychiatrist, writer and revolutionary Frantz Fanon highlights a side of him that’s often eclipsed by his image as a zealous partisan — that of the caring doctor, who ran a secret clinic for Algerian rebels.

Fi: A Memoir , by Alexandra Fuller

In her fifth memoir, Fuller describes the sudden death of her 21-year-old son. Devastating as this elegant and honest account may be — it’s certainly not for the faint of heart — it also leaves the reader with a sense of having known a lovely and lively young man.

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Jenny Erpenbeck’s “ Kairos ,” a novel about a torrid love affair in the final years of East Germany, won the International Booker Prize , the renowned award for fiction translated into English.

Kevin Kwan, the author of “Crazy Rich Asians,” left Singapore’s opulent, status-obsessed, upper crust when he was 11. He’s still writing about it .

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