A junior on these boards, I have already begun (anxiously) awaiting the entire admissions process. As such, I have pondered over beginning my essays. I am soliciting help from any and all CC'ers in aiding me in picking a topic from those listed below, or offering any ideas on how to improve upon these topics. Thanks to all in advance! :)
1. My struggle with depression, the steps I have taken to overcome it, how it has affected me, grounded me, and lead me to my now mature standing in knowing who I am on a more intrinsic level.
2. Switching schools - how transferring from a competitive public school to an unknown alternative school both helped and helped in hindering me; how it was a stepping stone to truly "finding myself" and discovering my passions; how it pushed me in ways I thought unimaginable; and, I think most importantly, how I learned from others that being different isn't shameful: pride, if not flamboyance in oneself shows courage and the light of humanity.
3. My love of writing - cliche, maybe, to write about one's passions/extracurriculars/strengths, but I believe my deep fervency and ardor of the thing would shine through in my essay. I would write about the doggedness required in starting and finishing a novel, and maybe include an excerpt from my book? Not entirely sure yet.
4. Something more quirky and fun... maybe a screenplay of some sort.
In any case, I presume I would need to include a short essay detailing my transfer and its effects. Would this be helpful (or a necessity?) I would also have my guidance counselor explain the situation in more depth. Any thoughts would be greatly, GREATLY appreciated.