The best essays spend significant time with self-analysis, and they don't spend a disproportionate amount of time merely describing a place or event. Analysis, not description, will reveal the critical thinking skills that are the hallmark of a promising college student.
However you approach the prompt, make sure you are inward looking and explain how and why the story you tell is so meaningful. See more Tips and Strategies for Essay Option #1, sample essay for option #1: "Handiwork".
If you find yourself grumbling about the loss of the "Topic of Your Choice" option for the essay, keep in mind that all five of the new prompts allow for great flexibility and creativity.
What would you do over, and why? Youve been invited to give a TEDtalk. What is yours about? There are 27 amendments to the Constitution of the US. What should be the 28th?
Your could write about an event or series of events that had a profound impact on your identity. Your "interest" or "talent" could be a passion that has driven you to become the person you are today.
That said, this prompt is an excellent choice if you want to explore a single event or achievement that marked a clear milestone in your personal development. Be careful to avoid the "hero" essay - admissions offices are often overrun with essays about the season-winning touchdown or brilliant performance in the school play.