How influential is the optional parent essay. My son is relatively shy and I have tons of effusive compliments that I would love to share with the admissions committee. Could this backfire? I am extremely proud of him (as a person, student, artist, athlete, adventurer, ping-pong master, snowboarder, and "magic-the-gathering" wizard) and am not sure how this could come off. I feel like his application/interview will never reflect the true person he is and hope that I am able to provide some glimpse of what I see in the son I so admire.
Will this essay help, hurt, or have no influence?