5+ Year Member
- May 9, 2013
We're mostly done with moving and the aftermath of my uncle's death, so I bought some more secondaries. One of them asks for a single challenging problem and how you resolved it. Which of these should I use? (If possible, please try to refrain from quoting the whole post. If necessary, please try to quote only the bullet point you're referring to.)
- Moving to India, language barrier, finding work.
- Going to my then girlfriend's home state in India, convincing her father, family, and community to let me marry her (she said yes first, obviously).
- Quit smoking in 2013.
- Had trouble finding new clients after moving to Dubai. There were a few days when we didn’t have money for food. I sent agencies free sample content that they could give to their clients, which got me my first few projects in Dubai.
- Gained a lot of weight, became borderline obese. Eventually managed to lose and keep off 35+ lbs, regaining and maintaining a healthy BMI.
- During my first quarter back in school, my best friend from high school died in a mountaineering accident. I flew with his parents and our other close friends to Alaska to collect his body. The first day there, I had a paper due the next day. However, the WiFi wasn’t working where we were staying. I was committed to getting all As in pursuit of my dream, but I also needed to grieve his loss and be there for his parents. So I woke up early and walked several miles in the snow and freezing wind to the nearest cafe with WiFi, wrote the paper, submitted it, and walked back in time to go the funeral parlor with his parents and view his body.
- When I returned to college as a premed, it was essentially impossible for me to get into medical school. Nevertheless, I pushed myself and rescued my cGPA from ~2.3 to 3.26. I studied like a monk for the MCAT. The night before, I only got two hours of sleep. I felt like I failed the first two sections due to sleep deprivation and stress. I considered voiding, but instead, I did a meditation / kundalini yoga, glymphatic drainage, HRV-increasing technique on break. This vaulted me into a state of high performance for the second two sections, allowing me to make up the difference. Got 519 overall, one point below my goal. As a result, I raised my chances from nearly impossible to 50/50.
- Last year, a lawyer told us my wife’s green card case was too complicated for her to take. She recommended we work with her mentor, who would charge several thousand dollars. We couldn’t afford that. So I put in the time, learned the law, formulated a strategy based on the experience of previous applicants I read on forums online, and prepared the application myself. Our application was approved without a hitch.
- We've moved four times in four years now, a move for every year of marriage.