UC Prompt #1 - Describe the most significant challenge you...

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Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement? (350) I experienced my first anxiety attack the night before second grade. Thinking of school made my breathing difficult and vision blurry. By middle school the anxiousness paired with a new poison: depression. I didn’t know how to combat these invisible enemies. As I searched for coping mechanisms to hide, I quickly found reading. Immersing myself into a new existence was the greatest escape. The characters all had obstacles, and through their stories, I felt validated. Making connections was healing, but indulging in literature was a substitute for a real solution. By freshman year of high school, the distractions helping my struggles stay hidden weren’t enough. I was forced into separating from my siblings to move in with my dad. Being apart from my younger sister was especially difficult and the signs of my struggle were becoming too much to hide. With
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