I have a 1.9 high school GPA and awful SAT scores. I applied test optional and wrote an 8,000 character essay about my extenuating circumstances. I grew up with an abusive alcoholic father and that has impacted my life tremendously. I was diagnosed with ADD summer going into my senior year (this year) and my grades show improvement. I applied undeclared liberal arts for Fall 2015. Do I have any shot at getting in? Are essays weighed heavily?