My mother and I have a difference of opinion regarding the instructions on the supplemental essay on the Amherst application. The instructions say, "Your essay provides you with an oppurtunity to speak to us... We are looking for original personal responses to these short excerpts." One of us thinks that the essay has to relate to something in the life of the applicant. The other one of us thinks that the applicant don't necessarily have to talk about their life. Instead they might simply agree or disagree and give support for their arguement, such as by relating their ideas to movies or books. Will someone please tell me which one is the better idea?