College admission applications often have optional essay questions with word limits of 250-500 words. News flash-they are not really optional if you want to maximize your chances of success. College admission applications are an opportunity for your kid to tell his story. Why skip that opportunity to explain how you are unique?
This is another example of the need for parents to be helpful to their children in the college admissions process. Offer to proofread their applications and essays. What you instinctively know is important may seem irrelevant to them. They don't always put themselves in the place of the application reviewer. Encourage your child to make a great first impression, represent himself well and take every opportunity to tell his story.