In his struggle for survival, I found a means to work harder in my academic studies as a means to please him. This response from a Stanford student majoring in International Relations shows the admissions office a thirst for learning without ever just overtly stating it, especially with tying in the childhood anecdote as an excellent hook.
I free my mind by exercising and writing. Want us to quickly edit your college essay? Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford. How did you spend your last two summers?
Try to avoid some of the more obvious examples like writing about wishing for more sleep, since this prompt offers room for so many different types of responses.
I sleep like a rock and unfortunately, that means I need an incredibly loud alarm clock, but I also will never be bothered by late night noise, etc.
If you do have a more serious answer, you can style the essay like a very formal letter or like a traditional paragraph short essay without any of the letter gimmicks at all to stand out syntactically.