Identity : This is the pivot of the prompt. However you address this prompt, you are being asked about your identity. You are asked to address the fundamental nature of how you see yourself as a person. Who are you? What are you? What makes you, well, you? Admissions officers want to be able to say, “hey, I understand who this kid is and where he came from, because the kid understands this about himself and is able to communicate it in a clear, compelling fashion.” So, this essay must address your identity, however you define it.
A descriptive essay should provide detailed information about a subject or idea. These essays are impressive; they are interesting for the readers, who learn something new and significant. When you are working on your essay, you should choose your topic carefully. Some students think that they can write great descriptive essays no matter what their topics are. However, it does not make sense to spend hours trying to figure out what you should write about, how your ideas can be arranged in the best way, and what is the best way to impress your audience. It is better to spend some time to find and work on a topic that reflects an interesting issue.
You may already be familiar with this one, but for the curious, here's the story behind it: Humorist, writer, and musician Hugh Gallagher penned the glorious satiric creation excerpted here for Scholastic Press' national writing contest when he was in high school. Unsurprisingly, he won. For some years, there was confusion surrounding whether or not he actually used it as his college essay; in 1998, though, Gallagher emailed University of York comp sci professor Susan Stepney , who had posted the essay on her website, noting that he did in fact send it along with his applications. For the curious, he ultimately attended NYU. Here's the permalink for the full comment — it's worth just for the final line. Trust me.