I've been working on Amherst's essay question for a while now, and now I'm at a bit of an impasse. There are two basic ideas that I'm working with, and I would really appreciate advice from any Amherst students, or ED applicants. I lived in Amherst for 4 years (age 6-10) and am a relatively accomplished writer. Here's a list of the ideas I've been thinking about.
1) Comparison of my childhood view of Amherst (I loved the town as a child) to my present day view (a lot dingier than I remember)
2) How Amherst initiated my life as a poet/writer (my 2nd grade teacher encouraged me to publish my first poem; Emily Dickinson was a resounding influence, etc.)
For the second option, which I am leaning toward, I am considering a series of vignettes that reflect my growth as a writer. I don't know how this will go over with the AC admissions office, and I typically would not think twice about what an admissions officer thought of my writing; however, this is the first college I have been really invested in, and so I am asking for advice. Thanks so much for your time.