I would say about 45% are mediocre in terms of writing. They feel like high school essay thrown together in a couple of hours. 10% needed to be scrapped b/c of subject matter being too common or just feeling like an 8th grader wrote it. 20% were good. 15% pretty good. 10% jaw dropping good.
Of the ones I read, I'd say maybe 60% were mediocre or worse in terms of writing. But I'm picky about my writing, and as
the daughter of an english teacher, I've always
been anal about grammar too.
But a few were really great, and quite a few were good.
And I'm feeling pretty decent about the originality of mine. The only thing discussed that I had in my statement was the "jesus moment" and it wasn't an extreme jesus moment or anything.
One thing I was struck by was the number of essays that were about missionary work. At least three and I think more of the fifteen or so I read were on that topic.