The best essays will be honest as they explore the difficulty of working against the status quo or a firmly held belief.
The answer to the final question about the "outcome" of your challenge need not be a success story.
It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma--anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale.
Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
If this sounds like you, then please share your story. You could write about an event or series of events that had a profound impact on your identity.
Your "interest" or "talent" could be a passion that has driven you to become the person you are today.
Second most popular was Option #5 (discuss an accomplishment) with 23.7% of applicants.
In third place was Option #2 on a setback or failure. Always keep in mind why colleges are asking for an essay: they want to get to know you better.
With the inclusion of the popular "Topic of Your Choice" option, you have the opportunity to write about anything you want to share with the folks in the admissions office.
The best essays focus on self-analysis, rather than spending a disproportionate amount of time merely describing a place or event.