It's easy to overthink essays for college applications. Students often feel pressure to be clever, to use a highly sophisticated vocabulary, or to present qualities that are truly extraordinary. If you're feeling this pressure, take a deep breath and step back for some perspective. The essay is simply a piece of the application that helps the admissions folks get to know you better. If your essay is well written and is true to you--that is, if it honestly presents your interests and personality--then you have succeeded with your essay.