Which school is this for? I ask because I know Michigan's was only 100 words and Columbia's was 500 words, for instance. Plus, your strategy also depends on what the other essays are.
This is for HAAS. They have a 500-1000 word limit.
Fall 2011 Main Essay Question
Please tell us about yourself and your background. Include information about your family, where you grew up, your interests, and any other people or experiences that have influenced you. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (1000 word maximum)
Im thinking when they ask for my interests, instead of just putting down some mundane things, i should try to put down something that works its way into a larger scheme- may be one of their 4 defining principles.
I guess-i could also try to establish why i will be a good classmate outside of the academic part of it!