Your personal statement provides you the opportunity to discuss aspects of your life that may not be apparent in the rest of your application materials. You’ll have four boxes and space for 1,000 total words. Essay 1: Describe any personal or economic hardships or barriers and explain how they directly affected your ability to be successful in college, as reflected in your transcript. As hardships may occur throughout your life, be specific about when you encountered these hardships and how long they lasted. Essay 2: In the context of your life experience, describe your understanding of cultural differences and how this awareness was acquired. Talk about how your experiences influenced the person you are and what you will bring to the Foster School community (i.e. classroom, extracurricular, future career, etc.). You define what “experience” means to you; if it is important to you, it is important to share. Essay 3: Describe 1-2 experiences that demonstrate leadership or initiative in a group or organization. Please do not use examples from high school unless you have completed high school within the past 18 months. Examples could be taken from employment, community service, student organizations, or similar situations. Explain what you learned about yourself through the experience(s). Essay 4: How has the educational background of your parents/legal guardians influenced your own education, especially your decision to go to college? What kind of support did you receive in making and pursuing this decision? Please tell us if you are among the first generation in your family to go to college.