Write-on Wednesday: the 'overcoming adversity' essay

Recorded Wednesday, June 23 at 11:00 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 Shravya this Wednesday to learn how you can convey your lived experience in a compelling essay that optimizes your chance of admission.

Shravya 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. She'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.

Shravya 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: Rice University '20

Work Experience: During my time at Rice, I mentored dozens of high school students through the college application process, along with editing essays and tutoring students for the ACT/SAT. I also interned at a medical technology startup, conducted research in Brazil, and gave a TEDx talk. I recently finished applying to medical school; I've been admitted to multiple schools, and will be starting in the Fall.

My Admissions Story: I remember feeling very blindsided by the admissions process and not knowing where to begin. I hope that sharing my experiences and some of the things I’ve learned along the way will help guide other students in a similar boat.

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 Shravya and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
1:09@Aryanna04:i can see and hear you
40:28@daniel833:Should we write how we apply things that we learn from the adversity in some other fields of life at the end of the essay?
41:53@Zafir:For my essay concept, it's a very serious conflict; how do I make sure that the essay reader doesn't see my essay's conflict as sort of groveling to them--rather that I've learned something/grown in a meaningful way
43:49@daniel833:Also should we avoid topics related to immigration and Covid-19? I moved to the US two years ago near the start of the pandemic and I am an Asian American.
46:19@Parent24:Is it a “pattern” to use 7 parts/paragraphs for a 650 words essay?
49:40@User812:Do the common app essay prompts change every year or stay the same?
50:36@Sydb:essays submitted to CollegeVine review, are they private review or public?
51:15@daniel833:How many prompts do you suggest we try to write for us to choose the best one?
53:35@Parent24:Thank you! It was great!
53:56@Sydb:Thanks s much, this as very helpful!
54:04@daniel833:Thank you!


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