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Would you please explain to me what the UC Personal Statement prompt 1 means?!

twilight_girl09twilight_girl09 Posts: 422Registered User Member
edited November 2008 in College Essays
The prompt is describe the world you come from and how did that world shaped your dreams & aspirations( I know it isn't the exact words..). I am having a hard time describing my "world." I rewrote my personal statement and I am writing on how the struggles that my parents went through motivates me to go to college. I was planning to write about the obstacles that I faced which is learning English(Chinese was my first language), how I was abused in China, and some other obstacles. Do you think I can write an adequate essay by using these obstacles?? My world would be my family. I know there are a lot of people that writes about like death of a family member, how being a chinese immigrant affected you, parent's divorce, stuff like that. However, I don't think those are describing one's world. Those are just obstacles one faces in their lives. What does it mean by "world"? Is it more of a general world or like what specifically happens in the world? Sorry if none of this is making sense..I can't explain it from my thoughts.
Thanks!
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Replies to: Would you please explain to me what the UC Personal Statement prompt 1 means?!

  • birdhousebirdhouse Posts: 633Registered User Member
    It's asking about the "world" you live in. Community, family, or school. Everyone has a different view on their community family, or school. I don't think they're asking about the world in general, but about the specific place and community you live in, what you do there, and how you feel about it/them.

    You could use those "obstacles" but tell the readers HOW they affected your personality, goals, etc.
  • nooobnooob Posts: 2,065Registered User Senior Member
    World can literally mean anything. Your family, school, community, bedroom, car, a person, a pet, a hobby...ANYTHING! Describe a "world" that is important to you and how it's affected your dreams, what you want to become!
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