Something’s wrong with this post!
Weird, but when I posted here the first time all the sentences ran together, so I reposted it under a new thread. Maybe we could delete this one?
Ok, back to my essay. If anyone has advice on how to explain for an audience of Californians what it’s like to live in Minnesota without perpetuating needless and inaccurate stereotypes, please let me know! What I’m really afraid of is that people in Palo Alto won’t know much about Minnesota small towns, or what makes them different from small towns in West Virginia or New Jersey–and won’t understand why it was, in fact, a challenge.
Just tell it like it is. You don’t have a LOT of room for that essay, and they are asking what challenges you have overcome in your life.
Additionally, those folks on the admissions committee - some of them are actually from the midwest.
(Former Stanford Admissions Committee member and a former midwesterner)