Both the Harvard supplement and the ComApp have suggestions for essay ideas. I don't know what the other repliers meant.
a) Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. |
b) Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
c) Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
d) Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
e) A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
f) Topic of your choice.
- Unusual circumstances in your life |
- Travel or living experiences in other countries
- Books that have affected you the most
- An academic experience (course, project, paper, or research topic) that has meant the most to you
-A list of the books you have read during the past twelve months
ETA: O, I guess they meant that you can write about anything. Yes, that you can. Or, for the Harvard essay, you can write about nothing. By that I mean write nothing. Not do some sort of nihilist essay. Harvard would be cool with that too though.