I’m enduring a large dilemma right now as the Stanford REA deadline creeps by. I made a main Common App essay that talks about when my dad abused me by punching and malnourishing me, and I kept getting bullied at my school for my appearance. That led to me attempting suicide in the 8th grade and I landed at the hospital for a couple of days. The thing is that those days at the hospital made me reflect about my self-worth, and I truly gained a more optimistic insight as an individual from that experience. I found a passion for photography and I prospered because of that hobby. I have won many photography competitions, I self-made a photography club at my school, and I founded Project Full-Frame, a non-profit that aims at making inexpensive cameras with large 7" displays, strong viewfinders, and a sports finder all into one out of Raspberry Pi’s to cater to individuals that need the versatility, particularly older people.
The thing I fear about sending this essay is that I could be reported by the admissions team for demonstrating domestic abuse in my essay and self-harm in the form of my suicide attempt. The domestic abuse was about 5 years ago, and my father doesn’t abuse me anymore. That suicide attempt was 4 years ago and I don’t have any thoughts of suicide or self-harm anymore.
I feel like this essay perfectly exemplifies a deep period of adversities, what I learned from it, and how I grew as an individual. I don’t want to get in trouble by sending this essay so I’m wondering if I should send this essay and risk the chance of getting reported or submit an entirely new essay.
Thanks in advance.