Write-On Wednesdays: The 'overcoming adversity' essay

Recorded Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


You’ll probably be asked how you’ve overcome adversity in your college essays — but communicating this through a college application can be difficult. So join Hale this Wednesday to learn how you can convey your lived experience in a compelling essay that optimizes your chance of admission.

Hale will be providing a full breakdown of everything you need to know about this essay type, including: what admissions officers are looking for, how to research school-specific info, and general tips for writing. He'll also go through an example of an essay or two on-air so you can see how admissions officers would critique this kind of essay.

Hale will also open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about the overcoming adversity essay.

Your host

Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Work Experience: I am a senior at Yale and excited to begin my fifth admissions cycle working with CollegeVine. After four years of working directly with students, I can't wait to engage with the people and the process in new and innovative ways online.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Hale and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
34:43@vv.2022:How long do the admission officers take to read the essays?
35:35@cashmoney:Can you reuse common essays for multiple colleges?
37:13@sosi:how many essays shall we write? i though they were only 2 or 3 :|
38:35@AlProf:When you say she should be more introspective, what do you mean? What would you like to have heard more of?
40:21@Marco123:Is facing the pandemic as a new immigrant too trivial for this prompt?
41:58@TanishGupta:just a note I remember from a podcast with a admission officer from Gerogetown, they fully expect "recycled" essays, she said it would be insane to write new essays for every school
45:31@AlProf:ARe most essays like this one sort of a narrative like a play rather than just telling about the experience?
47:31@TanishGupta:Are we supposed to connect all the essay's? How do we do that?
50:05@sosi:May I a question outside today's topic please. Is it only one recommendation that's sent to all of the schools?
52:48@sosi:thank you! but will the letter be the same for all of schools or will they write different ones?
53:15@vv.2022:Do you have to have a major or minor in college?
55:50@AlProf:I'm thinking about dropping AP Spanish to do an independent study in Japanese because I want to study East Asian studies. But will it hurt me to take one less AP?


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