I'm finishing up my application to Michigan, and my next step is the essay. Here is the topic that I plan on writing about:
"Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence."
I saw that and immediately thought "I'll write about Bo", but the directions say "Your Common Application essay should be the same for all colleges. Do not customize it in any way for individual colleges. Colleges that want customized essay responses will ask for them on a supplement form."
The only school I plan on applying to that uses the common app is Michigan, but would this still be customizing my essay?
Would it seem like kissing ass to the person that reads my essay?