I am a prospective applicant for the class of 2020 at Stanford University and several others and I am currently working on my essays for next year since they already released the common app topics (stayed the same). I have written two essays and I was wondering which one you all think would be better/more unique for my application to Stanford.
Topic 1: Some students have a background, identity, interest or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
For this option I wrote about how having lived in so many places around the world has taught me many different skills and I have learned to love a new thing in every place I have lived. My parents are diplomats so I have lived in Mexico, Panama, Poland, and now Kenya. I have literally fed kids in Africa and built houses in Mexico for nearly three years (not just 2-3 weeks like lots of kids from the US.).
Topic 2: The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you have experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
For this option I would write about the true story of me having failed to save the life of a girl (we had only met two days before) during the terrorist attacks in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013. In the essay I talk about how survivors guilt affected me so much and how her death has impacted me and made me try my hardest in life every day and how because of her I want to become a political figure/diplomat to stop these things from happening in the future.