Sports Prompts:
College athletes can be smart—don’t fall prey to stereotypes.
Student athletes drink Red Bull to get wings, but get health problems instead.
Cheerleading is a sport and should be regarded as such.
Colleges waste too much money on sports programs.
Students should receive money for playing sports.
Animal sports (bullfighting, horse racing, etc.) should be banned.
Hunting in all forms should be prohibited by law.
Extreme activities for entertainment should be banned.
Tobacco and alcohol ads during TV sports events should be outlawed.
All forms of betting on sporting events should be prohibited.
Not all great sportsmen can become good coaches.
All’s fair in love and war, but not in sports. Coaches must care for athletes’ health.
Athletes’ inborn talents are more important than the skills of their coaches.
Even good coaches can lose their self-control.
Women coaches should work with women athletes.
Bodybuilding is inappropriate for women.
Women’s boxing is less popular than men’s boxing because of stereotypes.
Female tennis players can compete in the men’s league.
Female and male athletes should not get equal salaries in the same sports.
Women athletes are more likely to have injuries than men.
The first move advantage in chess can help only a good player.
Chess is not a waste of time and intelligence.
Poker players should be allowed to wear headphones during live events.
Chess is not a sport.
The winners of the World Memory Championships should work in international councils.
Sports is the best stress reliever and reducer of obesity.
Should athletes be regarded as role models for children?
Instead of being prohibited, the use of steroids should be legalized and monetized.
Should sports fans be somehow censored?
Press conferences should be made mandatory for athletes.
Concussion rules in the NFL: do they spoil the game?
What should be done about offensive team names in football?
Deflategate: what does the U.S. judicial system have to do with sports matters?
Should players’ jerseys display ads?
Is Tom Brady or Peyton Manning the greatest quarterback of our era?
Bayern Munich is only a good team because of its excessive funding: the issue of financing in soccer.
FIFA is too corrupt to function and should undergo a major overhaul.
Association football is experiencing a match-fixing crisis.
World Cups produce devastating effects on the countries that host them.
The World Cup bidding process is flawed and encourages human rights violations.
Michael Jordan is the best basketball player of all time.
The NBA should implement a stricter dress code.
Beyond football: the issue of Native American mascots in basketball.
Should NBA teams be allowed to relocate at will?
What is an acceptable age range for basketball players?
In pitching, control is less important than command. (baseball)
The RBI (runs batted in) statistic should not be given so much weight because it is meaningless.
Instant replays should be used in baseball.
Should Major League Baseball implement a salary cap instead of a luxury tax?
Should the designated hitter rule be eliminated?
When they play the national anthem at the stadium, you’re allowed to have a cap on your head but not on your beer (bottle caps are usually removed at concession stands). How fair is that?
Are gloves helpful for fighting? Hockey players take them off, but boxers put them on.
Every tennis tournament should give a separate award for the loudest player.
Sports management: a more lucrative degree than business administration.
We should have a separate radio station for sports chants so we can always listen to them.
Benefits that daily exercise and sports bring to adolescents with physical or emotional challenges. Discuss how different types of activity (fitness, swimming, running, etc.) influence adolescents’ mood.
How does sport affect human cognitive skills and can it prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s? Focus on some examples from research to prove your point and create a unique speech topic
Regular exercises at a GYM do not only improve one’s health but also positively influence social skills. You might want to present examples from personal life and research, as well as focus on a life of sports stars.
Games can improve children’s fine and gross motor skills. In your speech about this topic, you should focus on typical games used in kindergarten and primary school (for example, sketching and coloring).
Sports and games can become great tools for creating and sustaining strong community ties. During the speech, you can discuss how communities are improved by local championships conducted annually.
Cybersport: can experienced gamers be considered professional athletes? The speech can revolve around most prominent examples of cyber-sportsmen and their lives.
Should athletes use sports as a platform to promote their political views? Consider focusing on the ethical side of the problem.
The influence of sports on the development of eating disorders in female athletes. In this speech, you can present multiple examples of anorexia and bulimia in female athletes and discuss how disorders affect their lives.
Should gambling be legalized as professional sports across all states? Discuss the legalization of gambling in some countries and elaborate whether other states could use this experience.
Increased risk of traumas in young athletes whose bodies are still developing. Talk about prevention methods that coaches and parents can learn and use.
How can a professional athlete prevent most common sports injuries? Review the most common ways of prevention that discussed in media and research.
Psychological issues such as depression and anxiety can increase the risk of getting injured during exercise. The speech can include both personal and professional opinions.
Both men and women need psychological rehabilitation after an injury. To prove it, use recent research on mental illnesses in professional athletes.
Traumas in young athletes can lead to severe long-term outcomes. In this speech, you can focus on the influence of sports on adolescents’ skeletal development.
Sports injuries can negatively impact stress management of athletes. This discussion can revolve around stress management strategies that athletes use in their professional and personal life.
Are sports admission essays necessary? Elaborate how and why such admission essays demonstrate student’s awareness of the topic.
Colleges should support the integration of less popular sports such as swimming, fencing, handball, etc. You can engage your classmates in a heated discussion about the pros and cons of less popular sports disciplines.
Sports can positively affect student’s self-perception and confidence. This speech should base on recent research, as well as independently conducted surveys (if possible)
Sports can lead to underperformance in class. Discuss the stereotype that college athletes are less successful in studying than their peers.
High school sports fans and their perceptions of alcohol and drug use. Use recent examples from media that illustrate how drugs and alcohol affect fans and colleges in general.
Overtraining syndrome should not be overlooked in professional athletes. Elaborate how perfectionism negatively affects professionals.
Fitness can help individuals with mental illnesses improve their psychological well-being. Use examples from research to indicate how fitness regulates mood swings and reduces anxiety.
Green exercise and environment as essential aspects of healthy training. The speech needs to focus on the new trend of green activity and the importance of environment and nature for effective exercise.
Sports is not about competitiveness; it is about participation and cooperation. Talk about cooperative games and their impact on social ties of individuals.
Changes in lifestyle can prevent the development of physical and psychological diseases. Present examples of exercise used for the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes type II, obesity, etc.
Travel Prompts:
How To Book The Cheapest Flights is a great idea for a blog post. Plus, it’s a great way to get readers engaged, share affiliate links, and learn a tip or two from your readers.
How Far in Advance to Book Domestic/International Flights makes for a great blog post. In addition to sharing your booking knowledge, share a recent buy and for how much!
Travel Resources Used To Plan Trips is always a goodie. We all have different methods of planning our trips. Some of us use Trip Advisor. Some rely on travel agents, bloggers, and loved ones. Whatever the case, share it with your readers.
How to Plan a Trip with a Big Group can be difficult. So if you have done it, why not share you experience. Was it positive? What worked? What would you have changed? And most importantly, would you do it again?
How to Prepare for a (x amount of time) Abroad…Whether you’re studying abroad, taking an extending holiday (good for you!) or buying a one-way ticket, share your planning experience with your readers. It may help inspire them to follow suit. Or just inspire some major wanderlust and envy, but in a good way!
How to Fit Everything in a Carry On is something that I always do because I fear having my luggage lost. So why not share how much you pack and how you fit it all in your carry on?
How to Pack for a Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer Destination…Four blog posts with the same concept. Include downloadable packing lists, tips, or making some $$$ if you’re apart of affiliate links such as Amazon or Shopstyle!
Beauty Must-Haves for Traveling are perfect for your readers who are girlie girls. Low maintenance? This post can still apply. Share your skincare routine, fave sunscreen, dry shampoo…whatever applies to you!
How to Arrive Not Looking Jetlagged…will always remain a mystery to me. But if you’ve got the secret potion (or some simple hints), hook your readers up with your beauty knowledge.
What to Always Pack and Why…Do you always bring pants even though your heading to the tropics? An umbrella to the driest place on Earth? Whatever it is, I’m sure there is good reason. Write up a list post of 10 things and why!
What to Pack to Fit in Abroad makes for a great post, especially if you’re going somewhere religious, conservative, or not as progressive as the Western world. Share what to pack, whether it be long pants/top or a scarf for coverage.
Mix & Match 20 Pieces of Clothing or if you’re really good, try 10 articles of clothing. These are always fun because it gives ideas for cute, fashionable outfits without packing the whole closet. Bonus? Link back to your post of “How to Fit Everything Into a Carry On!”
Vaccinations. Write a post on your experience, whether they are needed, how much they are, where to find out info, etc. Vaccinations are no joke in some parts of the world, and if you have that first hand experience, share it!
What OTC Medications to Bring Abroad Do you bring Tylenol every time you go over seas? Pack extra tampons because you can’t stand the thought of anything other than Tampax? Whatever it is, share with your readers. I’m sure we all have things we don’t leave home without!
Should I Get Medical Insurance and which one? Whether you deem it necessary or not, share your stance. Have you needed to use your Medical Insurance and have a positive/negative experience? Share it as well.
How to Stay Healthy on the Road makes for a great discussion on your blog. Wash your hands before every meal or take vitamins? Whatever it is, write about it.
How to Stay Fit on the Road can be shared across several platforms (ie. fitness, health, travel) and is important since fitness should never be ignored. Do you do a quick circuit in your hotel room? Yoga? Check out the city by running through it or drop in for a local yoga class?
What to Eat to Stay Healthy while on the road can be very difficult. Share some easy tips on how to make breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks healthier while traveling.
What Happens if You Get Sick Abroad. Knock on wood I’ve never been extremely ill abroad, but it happens! If it’s happen to you, share it with your readers. Without the comforts of home (and mom) close by, it can be an extremely time. Knowing a little beforehand may help travelers prepare.
Share Your Five Star Experience…Whether it was a fabulous $1000/night resort, all-inclusive or you received an insane upgrade, share it. Give that hotel/resort some much needed recognition for making you feel like a rock star.
Hostel vs. Hotel Debate…discuss which one you prefer and why.
Got Paid to Write a Hotel Review and is it worth it?
Hotel Hacks are always fun to share. Do they have late checkout? Free toiletries such as razors, slippers and extra robes…
Tips on How to Make the Most Out of Your Hotel Experience are some of my favorite posts. Did you know that some hotels have private lounges that host free cocktail hours? Does your hotel offer your favorite newspaper to be delivered to your room every morning? What about turndown service with little chocolates?
How to Understand Currency makes for a great post for the novice traveler. Share finance apps, tips, stories, whatever to help new travelers understand their budget and foreign currency.
How to Afford a Five Star Vacation for Nothing make for a fun read. Recently travel to Thailand and stay at luxury resort with a private plunge pool for under $100/night?
Best Budget Destinations is an overplayed post but there is a reason why this oldie is a goodie. We all enjoy the idea of having our money work for us, especially when we travel. So why not compile a list of your favorite budget destinations and why. Destination ideas: Thailand, Mexico, China, Morocco, Portugal…
Creative Ways to Save for Travel…sure, savings, using credit card points and frequent flier miles are great ways to save on travel. But are they creative?
How to Save Money While Abroad…Once you’ve planned the trip and flew all that ways, how do you save while you’re abroad? Stay at an AirB&B and cook at home? Walk everywhere?
Volunteering Abroad…Share your experience, what you did, where you went and if/why you’d do it again.
Why Everyone Should Study Abroad and why makes for a very interesting, yet relatable, blog post. BONUS: share how to afford it and how to budget while abroad. All those cervezas can add up!
Share why you’ve Traveled Solo. It’s not for everyone, so share your experience, how you made friends, what you did, and if you will do it again…
Bought the One-Way Ticket and Became an Expat? Go ahead and make us green with envy by sharing your experience. BONUS: share how you did it, got your visa, budget tips, and made it feel like home.
Hitched Hiked and Couchsurfed…While I am not brave enough for it, I love hearing about traveler’s experiences with both hitch hiking around the globe and sleeping on friendly strangers couches. If you’ve been there done that, share your experience
Who Inspired You to Travel? Was it a family member? A blogger? A movie? Plain boredom? Whatever it may be, it’s a deeply personal story that will help your readers connect with you on a deeper level.
Favorite Travel Books to Inspire Travel…Did you feel inspired after Eat, Pray, Love? Ya, I think we all did.
Favorite Travel Quotes to spark some wanderlust.
Share Why You Started Traveling…was it to leave your small hometown? Was college not for you? Did you seek self discovery through travel?
Ultimate Bucket List…we can all dream, right?
Share How You Fell in Love Abroad because we all love a good love story…
How to Make Friends Anywhere is great for those traveling solo and a little shy.
Why Every Couple Should Travel Before Marriage is a fun post for all our married & coupled up bloggers. Share how it brought you together, saw each other in a different light, lifelong experiences…
Trips To Take With a Big Group of Friends…Vegas? Yacht Week? Renting a Cabin in Aspen? Sure it’s a list post, but whatever, it’s fun! And go the extra step by actually doing some of them…
Write a Honeymoon Post…share where you went, how long, and how you planned for it while planning for a wedding. Leave out all the TMI and personal details though…
How to Travel with Pets…makes for a great post, especially since our furry friends are our family. Why not bring them along?
Share the Pro’s & Con’s of Traveling with Pets… share the ups and downs of traveling with your pet.
How to Travel with Your In-Laws… and not hate your life. I’m lucky I have fun in-laws, but for those of us who aren’t so lucky, share your tips on how to keep your sanity.
How to Travel with a Baby…makes for a great post, for new and expectant families alike. Share how to keep stress levels down, make it fun and easier.
Create a List Post for Best Places to Travel for Families. Tired of Orlando? Come up with a creative list to keep kids engaged and parents sane. A win-win all around!
Personal insight questions:
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?
Thanksgiving Writing Prompts:
Pretend you are a very smart and special turkey. You can both understand English and write (you type with your beak)! Write a letter to Americans to convince them NOT to eat turkey for Thanksgiving.
Make a Top 10 list of things that you are thankful for in your life.
Most stores used to be closed on Thanksgiving, with many opening early on Friday for the first of the holiday sales. Now, some stores are having their sales on Thanksgiving Day. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad one? Write a paragraph supporting your viewpoint.
You get to write the script for your favorite TV show’s Thanksgiving episode! Write a summary of the plot of the episode you would write. Or, for a longer project, write the actual script.
Write an acrostic poem for one of these words: TURKEY, THANKSGIVING, GRATEFUL, FAMILY.
How was the first Thanksgiving different from the Thanksgivings we celebrate today? In what ways are they the same?
Write about a special Thanksgiving tradition in your family.
Would you prefer to have a small Thanksgiving dinner with just your immediate family or attend a large dinner with lots of extended family and friends? Why?
Explain Thanksgiving to a person from another country who has never heard of it.
Many Thanksgiving hosts set up a “children’s table” where all of the children are seated for the meal. As a child yourself, would you rather sit at the children’s table or have the children and adults all together at one table? Why?
Would you have preferred to be a pilgrim or a Native American? Why?
Pretend you were at the first Thanksgiving as a pilgrim. Write a journal entry about your day.
How would Thanksgiving be different if it was celebrated in August instead of November?
In what ways do you think Thanksgiving will be different 50 years in the future?
You have been given a pet turkey. How will you take care of it?
Write a descriptive paragraph about your favorite Thanksgiving dish. Use lots of sensory details.
What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Why is it your favorite?
The newspaper headline is: Turkeys Escape from Turkey Farm Just Days Before Thanksgiving. Write the story.
What does being thankful mean to you?
Write about a special Thanksgiving memory