Hi everyone. I am a high school junior in the IB program in central FL, and I currently have a 4.0 unweighted GPA and a 4.54 weighted GPA. My dream schools include Brown (I'm a legacy), Williams, and Swarthmore.
Here is my question: How appropriate would it be to write a college admissions essay about the effects of gun violence on my life?
A little more about me: My friend was one of the students killed at MSD on 2/14/18. Following the shooting, I was able to attend March For Our Lives in Washington, DC, and also participate in a roundtable a few days later with then FL Senator Bill Nelson. I hosted a town hall that April with a focus on gun violence, and the speakers were candidates up for election in the 2018 midterms. In addition, I was at a baby naming in a synagogue just down the road from the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh during the shooting in October, and was put on lockdown. I am planning on hosting another town hall this spring about gun violence.
Would my experiences with gun violence and its repercussions be an interesting topic to write an admissions essay about, or would it be considered as nearly exploiting gun violence in my favor?