Look at the essay as an opportunity
The college application essay is not an English essay or a business proposal. It is an interview in essay form. It is an opportunity for you to add a different perspective to your application. It’s a chance for you to tell a personal story where you have direct control over how the story is told. Choose a topic that reflects you that only you could write about.
Everyone has a story to tell. This is your chance to tell yours. Don’t think of the essay as an obstacle to be surmounted, recognize it for the opportunity it is – to tell people who will never meet you something real about yourself.