How do you write?

<p>How do you write an essay that conveys the challenges that you have overcome, without sounding whiny or depressing?</p>

<p>I believe that there are a few threads that answer this question in the college essays forum. The basic answer, from what I've read in the threads, is let the college know how hard it was, but how you learned from it and bettered yourself (to make them look better ;))</p>