Robots or Aliens as Parents? Colleges Gauge Applicants Creativity

Nick Oxford for the NYTimes 03/11/2013/education. 

I COULD NOT DISAGREE MORE—with the thoughts described in this article (referenced above)— that quirky essay question really shows how creative some applicants can be. Yeah, and then "who they really are" gets totally dwarfed by figuring out how they would-- live in a flat world, or dismember an IED. PULEEZ!!! Hopefully, in putting together a freshman class, the college is far more interested in what makes this kid tick. What have they done that is praiseworthy, outstanding, contributes to the environment or their world?