Commonapp essay about mentally handicapped older brother?
I'm applying early decision to Vanderbilt and regular decision to Duke, Emory, Lehigh, and Northwestern. I know I'm cutting it super close with my commonapp essay since November 1st is in 4 days. Oops.
Anyway, I FINALLY started writing the commonapp essay. I'm writing about the impact that growing up with a mentally handicapped older brother has had on me. I'm trying to avoid playing the sympathy card by talking about how growing up with my brother has made me a more compassionate, responsible, and accepting woman. Should I just pick a different topic? What should I talk about the most and what should I avoid? Any advice?