Find Essays


Quick Reference


Search Keywords

Advanced Search Options











You Have Left in Your Free Trial


5 essays about surviving adversity and overcoming challenges

A "C" in Calculus - A Personal Essay

view

Harvard

Facebook Twitter Email

Question: Describe a difficult experience

Teaser: I could have sworn that I was done with the entire vomiting ordeal. Really, this was not fair, I was twice as old and supposedly twice as wise, and yet here was the same feeling coming back up again. Only this time, it was not because of my father’s horrid driving.

The Journey is the Reward

view

Harvard

Facebook Twitter Email

Question: Topic of your choice.

Teaser: Since I was a little girl, my parents taught me that I could reach as high as I aspired if I truly applied myself. I grew up encouraged to believe in myself, to develop the confidence that would take me to my dreams. I acquired passion and felt unstoppable; though, I was naive.

Second Choices

view

Cornell

Facebook Twitter Email

Question: Topic of Your Choice

Teaser: My mom’s favorite saying has always been “life is not about getting your first choice; it’s about what you do with your second choice.” When I was younger I used to roll my eyes at her and wonder when she was going to get a grip. But as I’ve gotten older and as more difficult situations have been thrown my way I have come to realize that my mom may be right.

It Hurt, then Healed – The Meaning of Life

view

Princeton

Facebook Twitter Email

Question: Topic of your choice

Teaser: Nevus of Ota is a rare congenital disease, yet I was unfortunate enough to be born with it. As the blue hyper-pigmentation grew into palm-size, and threatened to march across my nose bridge, my self-esteem grew low and retreated.

Challenge & Triumph

view

Harvard

Facebook Twitter Email

Question: Experiences which have shaped your life, People who have influenced your life

Teaser: I don’t think I can handle another minute… The thoughts of resigning my responsibility circulated through my head, offering an easy solution to a problem that consumed just as much energy to contemplate as to address. Although every day I came home exhausted and unwilling to plan another futile session with Jill, I also found myself even more enthusiastic to devise a new strategy to penetrate the eager spirit trapped within the clutches of an inhibiting behavioral difficulty.