Sorry for 2 threads in a row (just felt like this one needed a different thread). One question on the application is asking about "an experience that contributed to my character development and integrity". Would writing about how overcoming my fear of public speaking be safe, or would it make me seem like "not USNA material" because I had trouble speaking in public. Last question, does the USNA, prefer when the essay is creative or do they just want simple and direct answers (sort of like writing an english essay vs writing a research paper). I ask because mine is kind of a long winding (under the word limit) story of my reasons for attending. Thanks.