College prompt

this is the prompt I would like to write for my college application. I was wondering if being a survivor of sexual assault would be a setback?
The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Don’t discuss in detail exactly what happened. Make sure the focus stays on how you overcame the challenge and how it helped you grow in a positive way.

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Whether or not any topic works depends upon how well it is executed. Write a draft & seek comments from others whom you trust.

As a topic, sexual assault can be a bit risky just as writing about one’s attempted suicide. Some topics require more tact & discretion than others.

Not intending to hijack, just a question. D22 has been working with a college counselor on this prompt and I am worried the focus is a lot on the story of the setback, and less on the “what did you learn” component. Is there a right or wrong here?

She needs to focus on answering the prompt. Is she telling them how she coped with the setback and what she learned about herself from it? The setback itself isn’t what they are truly interested in. No idea what the word count is, but maybe 1/4 problem and all the rest answering the prompt.


Thank you!