Rubbishdump wrote:Ah. Well, my Mother did have me at 15, but we weren't ever on food stamps as far as I am aware. Is my mother's age, as well as her raising me alone, something that I should emphasize in this application - and if so, where? Both of my grandparents also passed as a result ofdrug use, if that constitutes "diversity."
Granted, this all seems like whining to me, but I lived through it so I might as well profit off it for once, I guess. Sob stories seem to be what people are looking for.
The consensus seems to be that if it shaped you, work it into your personal statement. If it didn't influence how you grew up and the type of person you became, then it's not as helpful to write.
And its especially useful if you can take the hardships you faced and give a concrete example of how you overcame them and the difference it made on your life. So if you did something like create an anti-drug campaign at your high school and then get involved in anti substance abuse programs in college, that would be more worth writing about.
Schools don't want to see that someone had it tougher than others so much as they want to see that the person overcame adversity and became stronger due to it.