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I think they updated the common app stuff, and there's this part that says 'who is dependent on you? why/how so?' (or something like that). It is not under the actual writing section but is still listed as 'writing', separately. It also does no have an asterisk next to it, so I don't know if I am supposed to fill the box up only if it applies to me. If I am meant to fill it up regardless, am I supposed to actually answer it literally and factually, like "I come from a single-parent family so I work night-shifts so as to provide help provide for my 3 younger siblings" or in abstract...more like an essay. Like "last year, I went to xyz community and was so deeply touched by the underprivileged children I saw, I decided to come back and volunteer every week. I eventually started an after-school programme for them.... if it weren't for my contributions....". The difference between the first and second example is that the people in the second one probably don't depend on you 100%, although your contributions may be meaningful. Also, in the first example, while it may be some people's realities, it is not mine: as someone in a comfortable family with no proper familial responsibilities per say, nobody is really depending on me, for living or livelihood etc. At my age I am still a dependant of my parents rather than a provider. I hope you guys understand what I mean by all this and can help clarify this issue. Thank you!