Some people say, "Hey, you're only 17. How tough can your life be at such a young age?" However, the reality sometimes can be very tough, even for teens. That's why you may want to consider an essay about a certain difficulty (or difficulties) in your life and how you dealt with it. I'm not talking about the "difficulty" of not getting the latest iPhone or not being able to go to Spain on spring break with your high school buddies. I'm talking about significant problems that young people don't usually have to deal with, such as sickness, injury, parent problems, personality issues, or even political upheaval in your country, just to name a few examples.
Colleges like to see evidence of their applicants dealing with adversity and rising above it. Overcoming difficult circumstances is a legitimate topic for college application essays, assuming that those circumstances are, indeed, difficult. Many of us faced challenges in our formative years and we struggled with them. Some of those struggles might have changed who we are or how we later approached life. In my post today, I thought I would share an excellent example of just this type of essay.