Class Profile Question

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  1. sbrown96

    sbrown96 Member

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    So I was looking through the class profile for 2016 or 2017 (I dont remeber right now) and I was looking at the percentages for how many students were varsity athletes, top 20% of class, NHS members, etc....However I noticed a section that said something along the lines of "traumatic life experience" or "family hardship" and it gave a percentage. I will find exactly what it said once I find the form but my question is does a traumatic life experiece such as divorce, death of a family member etc... factor into your admission. If so how much do the admissions boards take this into account? Do they recognize that these events force an idividual to possibl mature at an earlier age? Thanks for any response.


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  2. Craig

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    Since they ask the question, I would suspect it has some relevance. In fact, any question they ask is relative. How relative to others is anyone's guess, but more relative than something the don't ask about. Adversity/traumatic is relative and can be a negative or positive event. It is all in the write-up about how you dealt with it and turned it into a positive thing.




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  3. USNAhopeful2018

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    I believe the only reason students are asked about tragic experiences are to give a chance to explain a lull in grades in such. If you mom died, your grades are going to suffer. This helps them account for that. So I don't believe it is a benefit in terms of something you WANT to have on your application.

    But a tragic experience can take many forms. It may be an accident or such that you mature from.
     
  4. OysterMom

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    Lots of reasons for that question, I suspect. Understanding part of the context for the whole person is one, I would surmise. Understanding how the applicant communicates about difficult topics might be another. Just speculating here, of course.


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  5. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    It is really to explain possible deficiencies in grades, sports, extracurricular activities, etc. that the Admissions Board MIGHT take into account.
     
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    Could it also explain that when faced with a tragedy or adversity you were capable of maintaining your GPA?
     

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