« on: August 14, 2006, 09:16:36 AM »
If a application has an opportunity to add a statement on times you overcame economic/social/personal disadvantages, and you have to stretch to come up with one, is it better to write a statement showing that you did overcome something or does it look like you're a privleged jerk just trying to fill up space?
I had a normal upbringing, so my social/personal disavantage would have just been growing up as a geek in high school -- "geeks who don't know that they're geeks" -- that was me.
After UG though I've got my Army time and can write about being a woman in a man's world, particularly when we were in Iraq and I was supposed to interact with neighborhood leaders who weren't too fond of talking to an American woman, but it was my job to overcome that and convince them to work with me. IMO, it's wasn't "overcoming" much, but rather just a crappy part of my job. What do y'all think?