It was not uncommon for my neighborhood friends to have a drug abusing parent, a single parent household, alcoholic parents, or experience domestic violence.
Example 2 For as long as I can remember, I outwardly portrayed myself as a calm and controlled individual.
It is a true reflection of my demeanor, but it is the complete opposite of what I have lived throughout my childhood and adolescence.
But I still know what its like to feel insecure about where you come from and what you lack—it is something I will carry with me throughout my life and career.
My education and career goals have been shaped by my background, and I will continue to aim high despite the challenges that may come my way.
It is important to note that diversity statements are truly optional, and not everyone should write one.
Contrary to what you may have heard, it is not a missed opportunity to write more about yourself.
In fact, that feeling was so strong that I became fixated on the goal of creating a life opposite to that which my father had built.
Pursuing a brighter future did not come without obstacles in my neighborhood and family.
When I was in fourth grade, my father admitted to me that he was addicted to crack.
At the time I did not understand what crack addiction meant, but I was educated by his actions soon enough.