Unfortunately, there is a really good reason no one else wrote that essay.
The same goes for trying to be creative and responding with one word, one sentence, or a poem.
The cliché service trip essay often sounds incredibly vague, so if you must write about your experience, make sure you tell a very specific story that brings the reader into a certain moment with you (more on that later).
I once had a friend show me an essay he wrote in which he had to describe the best day of his life.
The essay is easily one of the most difficult parts of the college application process.
How can someone describe themselves in such a short amount of space, especially when all their accomplishments are listed on the page before and they don’t want to sound repetitive?
He a storyteller; he told all of us tales of his fly-fishing summer job in the Adirondacks, spun yarns about wolves that spoke to him while he was camping, and talked about his skydiving uncle like he was a superhero in a comic book.
The storyteller anecdote never would have come through in the rest of his Common Application, but it was truly one of his most significant personality traits.
The university’s supplemental application asked him to describe one of his quirks.
I distinctly recall reading my friend’s essay about him being a storyteller above all else and visibly grinning as my eyes passed over each line, because the essay was just so genuine and true.