On the advice for writing essays on the college-specific admissions, it says "Recent experiences are preferred as they better represent who you are today." I really want to do a collection of stories about when I was younger because they show who I innately am--under no pretenses. I know that I could write it well but I don't want to explicitly disobey these instructions. What are your thoughts?
As others have mentioned, it's important to follow the prompt given to you, and I would try to use a recent example. One might be your struggle in freshman years and how you recovered from this (I'm not saying that you experienced that you should be using that as your essay, but something along those lines that demonstrates your ability to recover or adapt) If you have a perfect school record then maybe an out-of-school experience would be better.
I would suggest you choose your recent example, then briefly tie it into the stories from your youth.
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