From Yale’s website:
Don’t feel the need to come up with a “gimmick” or an original topic. Gimmicks usually fail, and many successful candidates write about fairly common topics, such as music, sports, community service projects, and family relationships. The key is not finding the perfect essay topic, but in making the most out of the topic that is particularly meaningful to you.
Everyone on CC talks about hooks, original topics, and odd ways to explain them. But Yale says they are ok with some pretty cliche topics. Is this true or is it something they say but dont really mean?