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How personal is "too personal" for a college essay?
Hi, I'm a hs junior and the college app process is right around the corner (yikes!). I have been giving some thought to the subject of my main college essay, and would appreciate any feedback.
Without getting into too many specifics, I have had a lot of medical/health struggles throughout my life, and ending up having a relatively major surgery last summer. Though I would not want to dwell on the nitty gritty med parts in my essay (obvi), I was thinking that I could share my experiences because they make up a significant part of my background, and could be used as a so-called "vehicle" to show some of my traits like perseverance, optimism, determination, learning in any type of environment (not always in a traditional sense), etc. through anecdotes or whatnot.
I haven't really fleshed out any ideas yet, but how does this sounds? I 100% want to stay away from the whole "woe is me" thing, because that's not the way i see myself for that matter. If this is any help, I hopefully will be applying to a broad range of schools (gotta be realistic), but some of my tops (and reaches) are places like Dartmouth, some NESCACs, etc
Thank you in advance!