is it okay to use cliches in the essay or should they be avoided?
Cliches are a cliche for a reason: because EVERYBODY thinks (or says) it!
If it is the first thing that comes to mind (and you think all of your friends are probably writing the same thing), consider if there is another way to say it.
They should be avoided if possible. If the cliche is all you can think of, reword it in your own words and explain your understanding of it.
thank you both!!