Importance of Essays

I am from Texas and am Asian American. I have good stats (1600, 3*800, 1/480) and good ECs (though some of them are typical "Asian" ECs).</p>

<p>I have no incredible hook like legacy, URM, athlete, etc. I am not a world class violinist, celebrity, etc. if you know what I mean. I have excelled in my orchestra, and have a few state awards.</p>

<p>Question: How important is essay for Princeton? I might be applying ED and am really trying to get my essay completed (I have been working for some time). I am frankly, not an amazing writer. I am not like the typical illiterate kid or the "all math science" kid. I really like art/politics, but am not sure about writing. Sometimes I have trouble conveying my ideas.</p>

<p>My essays will not be bad. They will not be exceptional. What can I do to make my application stand out?</p>

<p>You mean essayS, lol. </p>

<p>I think the essay is an important way for the adcom to really get to know you better so you need to have your voice come through, but I think you're putting too much pressure on yourself to be so different and exceptional. With your stats, I think you're a perfectly good candidate, just make sure your essays are unique to you.</p>

<p>They are extremely important</p>