So I have two questions about the college essay that I've been working on. The main message of the essay is that I finished the memorization of the Quran in middle school, gaining the "Hafidh" title, which is a very rare, tough, and respectable achievement in the Islamic community.
I have a lot of activities that I describe in my resume and Common Application that came as a result of this achievement, but none of the activities directly state the accomplishment. In other words, my activities show my significant religious involvement while my essay shows a huge achievement that changed my life (and was not directly described anywhere else in my application). Since I'm applying to Ivies and other prestigious universities, would this count as overlapping?
Second, I know everyone who does achieve this title probably writes about it in their own application too. Does this by any chance degrade the accomplishment? I'm pretty sure it doesn't and depends mostly on how I present it, but I just wanted to get more opinions because literally every friend I talked to about it said that.