The college essay is a way for an admissions rep. to get to know you, beyond grades and activities. This is the one chance you have to convince them that you are worth taking a chance on, worth inviting into their halls, into their world, onto their campus. You can be very personal in the selection of a topic only careful on how you present. One of the most wonderful essays I have every read, was Bipolar and Proud; talk about personal! But the writer of this particular essay was honest in their struggles as well as their accomplishments. They spent quality words expressing not only that they were bipolar but how they had grown as a person and how they had learned to face life's challenges head on. It really was outstanding leaving a lasting impression on all that read it. Another good essay was My Plight With Height by a young woman that had been bullied throughout elementary and middle school due to her height but once in high school, decided she was tired for feeling like a victim. This particular student wrote of how she used humor to turn her life around, to laugh at the teasing, her refusal to give in to the hurtful words instead, lending support to others that were being harassed. As a result, she finished her essay with these parting words: "Can't see over me, change your seat cause I'm not going to the back of the line or class for anyone, anymore." These two examples show us how being personal can be a great way to present yourself but again, just careful in the presentation. Good Luck!