hey abbybear, i have to say that for the short answer and personal letter, you really just have to be yourself when responding. I know that because I am a rising sophomore, they look for maturity in my age group. I think that telling them my true feelings and what I did really proved my personality and helped push my application for the better. Just talk about stuff you love, your ideas, your life, etc and you're good to go. That's what I did I guess.