I've always found it a bit odd that students are often just expected to write these essays without any real guidance. My flexibility was incredibly subpar and I easily wore out my Pointe shoes, making them unwearable after a couple of months.
Students presuppose what admissions officers are looking for in an admission essay, and they end up writing an essay before anyone tells them otherwise. In short, making unusual connections will make your topic stand out, flex your creativity, and show multiple sides of you at once.
Many different students are accepted to colleges each year with many different types of essays. Heads-up: meta answers are pretty common. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, read We then moved to Spain when I was six, before finally arriving in California around my thirteenth birthday.