NYU is my top choice school but I know I'm not the strongest applicant. I have a 2100 SAT and 32 ACT but my unweighted gpa is a 3.4. I have taken a lot of AP classes in the past three years though. I know it's not impossible for me, one of my friends just got in ED and all her scores and gpa were slightly lower than mine.
I'm applying for early decision 2 and I want to know if there's anything I can do in my essays to boost my chances. What do they really look for in the essays? How can I make them want to seriously consider me?