Whoever will end up stalking my threads, I applied for class of 2021 to about 10 universities and I didn't get in, and so I'm reapplying. I got plain rejected to all(not even wait listed). When I ask people why they thought I was rejected, they say it was because of my essay. So that you can also have an opinion, this was what my essay was like:
I wrote about how I was in a very difficult and restricting life situation and then I Showed that I only started to show personal and academic improvement when I was no longer in that situation,I.e, when things became better. So it showed that I had 0 resilience and that I couldn't handle tough situations.
Otherwise, my high school transcript is good(we don't record GPA), I have awards(even national awards), and my recommendations were like 10/10 because my teachers really loved me. My sat score wasn't good(I'm rewriting) but I know that wasn't the factor because I know other applicants from my country who also had quite low sat scores but got into schools like Duke, Princeton and MIT and Harvard.
Oh and that essay above was my common app essay.
So I have a question, SHOULD I:
1. Use the same essay as my common app essay but show the resilience I didn't show?(will the AO look at my previous application and see that I've changed things and hence look like a fake???)
2. Should I write a whole new essay?
I will updating my thread very often so that other people can see my progress. I will be writing CHemistry sat and math level 2 in June, and sat I in October.