If you’re a student sitting down to write your college application essay, I have one piece of advice for you: forget everything thing you know about writing. Okay, maybe not everything. You still need to have a basic foundation of the English language (spelling, grammar, syntax, and all that jazz). But forget the formula that has been drilled into your head time and time again of introduction with a thesis, three paragraphs to support said thesis, and a conclusion restating the thesis.
Writing Your College Admission Essays/ UC Personal Statements