Right now is the time of year when self-reflection and talking about yourself is acceptable. Instead of annoying your peers with your awkward quirks on social media, direct them in an essay for your admissions counselor.
Colleges never ask for information they don't find useful. If a college really didn't care about what you see in their school, they wouldn't ask -- yet you just answered the question as if it didn't matter.
Often, writing short is harder than writing long: the word limit forces us to get to the point, which is hard to do if you're not sure what it is. I know that even now, without these tricks and guidelines, I'm lost.