I just quoted them liberally throughout my paper. A question? You want to do the least amount of work possible. This means that you should now have anywhere between one to three potential essays for a single prompt.
If you already have, erase them from memory and write the story you want colleges to hear. Read it aloud. A sneaky thing can happen as you set about writing your essay: you may find yourself guessing what a college admissions committee is looking for and writing to meet that made up criteria rather than standing firm in who you are and sharing your truest self.
If you find yourself trying to pack a lot into one sentence, just use two.