Principal at Noble Career Strategies
Hi, Daniella: having worked on admissions committees myself, I know that essays that are uniquely personal are the best. In other words, I never looked for an essay that was off beat or humorous or a little strange . . . I just wanted to hear something from the applicant that was true to the writer. There are essays that seem canned and somewhat fake . . . like "the time I volunteered at the soup kitchen and fed 100 people." Instead, I would rather hear about the time you "worked at the soup kitchen and really connected with one person in a significant way and gave me interesting details about your interaction with that person and how it affected you." The admissions person is trying to get a sense of who you are as a unique individual, so that's what I would suggest you concentrate on as you think about your application essay. Ask yourself this question: "Could my friend write this same essay?" If the answer is no, then you're on the right track. Best of luck.