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# Challenges & Obstacles Essay, struggling with this one

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13 Dec 2004, 13:15
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?
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13 Dec 2004, 16:56
riteshb wrote:
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.

General Approach:

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...
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13 Dec 2004, 16:58
A few possibilities:
- Poor manager
- Difficult team members
- Assigned to an impossible project
- Come from a poor or uneducated family
- Cultural challenges
- Disability
- Family tragedy
- Being laid-off
- Gender challenges
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15 Dec 2004, 18:37
Thank you very much for your ideas. I love this site! Hopefully I can report positive news in a few months if I get into any of the schools I apply to (none of them are top-10/elite schools).
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