So in my college application, to an elite institution (<10% acceptance), I was just wondering if anyone had any experience or knowledge regarding just how important the essay is when it comes to a student's application.
The reason I am asking this is that a couple of people from my High School (3-4 others) have also applied to the same university that I did, and out of these 4, I do not have the highest GPA, but I have, what I believe, is a stellar essay (as pointed out by my counselor) which paints a moving, specific story about me as an applicant (always had a love for writing as a way to move others). I also have a few distinctive EC's which set me apart.
Applying as an international student, will I be looked down upon for this? I have competitive SAT scores (1500+), but I was still wondering how my application would be looked at among others in my high school gunning for the same institution. Thank you all very much for any advice.
Also, if anyone wants to read my essay, feel free to PM me.