I've tried several times to write an essay for UNC regarding the following question:
What obstacles or major challenges have you overcome to achieve your goals? How do these life experiences distinguish you from other applicants? (800 word maximum)
I am really having a tough time thinking of anything major or relevant right now. I've never had problems in school so I can't use anything there. Can anyone give me any insights or examples?
So this is what I would suggest....
In my case I have been brought up in three different countries...so that's what is unique about my background. Using that as my unique pt. I would work backwards to talk about a problem i faced that highlights the fact that I have a unique background.
So i would say..moved around a lot...cultural shocks...learned to adopt to each new culture. In my personal and professional life, I can adapt and hit the ground running faster than most people because I am soo use to changes. THIS IS WHAT MAKES ME UNIQUE...and my experience unique.
Of course, you have be more eloquent when you make pts. like the one i made above.
a) Pick something special about your background
b) A problem you faced and the result...
c) Tie the two together and talk about how your background and difficultly taught you something very unique...
"Do or do not, there is no try."