Briefly describe a situation where you had to overcome adversity. What does adversity mean? Does it have to be external? This is the dictionary definition: a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune (see adverse) The key word is serious or continued. I had some difficulties with lab courses during my freshman year even the beginning of my sophomore year and was frustrated and thought i was just not a person for lab. I tried hard and eventually got better at those lab courses during the rest of my college years. Is that adversity or just difficulty or challenge?