Would someone be willing to PM me to help with my hardship/special circumstances essay please?!?

Joleybear

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They want special circumstances in 2,000 characters or less and I dont know what to leave out and what to keep in... in bullet points this is my basic background up until now:

* my mother was the only of 18 children to graduate high school and my dad the only of 3, both from abusive homes
* we were low income when I was growing up and they had little knowledge of higher education or how to fund it
* I took a year off from school to save money for college but fell pregnant at 19 in an abusive relationship...ended up homeless and then I was left on Thanksgiving two days before giving birth and he didnt come back for 3 months...
* I went to college finally when she was a year old
* I was book smart but naive and took my abusive ev back because of Christian values I had been taught from a young age and we had a second child a year and a half later who was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism
* I started having symptoms of chronic illness after the birth of my second child at age 22 but I continued my education with good grades until 2013 when I finally left the abusive marriage for good; failed a semester (FFCD) because I had no childcare at that point
* At the end of 2013 I was working 60 hrs per week, in school full time and also began a new relationship while being a single mom of two but I fell pregnant (on birth control); retook the "failed" semester and got grades BBBC this time
* second son was also diagnosed with autism; now they are 6 and 4 and nonverbal so I am raising them and their 8 year old sister while I go to school full-time
* Stayed in school until 2015 when FAFSA cut off funding because I had too many credits for a 2 year institution (but I did get my Associate in Science)
* broke my ankle in 3 places in 2016 and could not walk for 6 months (was in a wheelchair and bedridden)
* went back to school, this time at UIC, once I had started to walk again and began studying the programs needed to complete Pharmacy pre-requisites
* UIC was good but I wanted to complete Organic Chemistry I and II by the fall so I switched back to city colleges and paid out of pocket to apply for 2019
*during this entire time I am dealing with chronic illness and what doctors believe is an immune disorder, possibly lupus


Help!!! What do I use as special circumstances? I have two prompts for that and also do not want to be 100% repetitive:

1. Please describe any special life circumstances.

These include but are not limited to overcoming adversity

and cultural background.

2.
Describe any personal events or life circumstances that have impacted your academic performance in such a way that your record may not adequately reflect your potential for success in the program.

First is 2000 characters and second is 4000...

there is other more personal stuff as well like sexual abuse but I dont think it's fit to include that.
 

DruggieDoRight

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Pick three or four and go with those. You should be able to do that in 2000 characters or less. Hell, what you wrote right here was about 2,000 characters.
 
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Joleybear

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Pick three or four and go with those. You should be able to do that in 2000 characters or less. Hell, what you wrote right here was about 2,000 characters.
Thank you! I finally got something out so hopefully it isn't terrible...
 

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Yup go with 3-4 circumstances, one paragrah each and an intro and conclusion paragraph. I think they would also like to know - and I’m curious about this too - why did you choose pharmacy? Which area of pharmacy do you want to practice in (retail, hospital, or other...)?
 

Joleybear

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Yup go with 3-4 circumstances, one paragrah each and an intro and conclusion paragraph. I think they would also like to know - and I’m curious about this too - why did you choose pharmacy? Which area of pharmacy do you want to practice in (retail, hospital, or other...)?
There is an entire other essay for that sadly :( I have 7 essays to write total. Im trying so so hard not to be redundant. I chose Pharmacy after originally having an interest in Nutrition. I decided I wanted something similar that would allow me more opportunities close to my home and seemed like a more stable/lucrative career due to my boys' special needs. I wanted to work in a health field anyway because I know how difficult struggling with chronic illness can be and also dealing with the special needs of children....simple thing like picking a cough medicine for me are exhausting, for a small example, because one of my son's hates anything sweet. I'd actually prefer retail or a small community Pharmacy so I can help people one-on-one, more personally, since I know how stressful medical decisions can be. I also enjoy working in a retail environment a lot. When I was working 60hrs a week I was actually working at Toys R Us. I did overnights, I would fulfill all of the web orders, often all by myself, and I had little experience before that but I was willing to do extra tasks so they threw them at me. I hate register, but I really like helping customers and I tend to have a lot of patience compared to other people when it comes to the crazies so lol I would actually go to medical school, but I'd rather not have all the physical contact physicians often have with their patients... I'm very conservative in that way. So Pharmacy is a nice middle ground.
 

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There is an entire other essay for that sadly :( I have 7 essays to write total. Im trying so so hard not to be redundant. I chose Pharmacy after originally having an interest in Nutrition. I decided I wanted something similar that would allow me more opportunities close to my home and seemed like a more stable/lucrative career due to my boys' special needs. I wanted to work in a health field anyway because I know how difficult struggling with chronic illness can be and also dealing with the special needs of children....simple thing like picking a cough medicine for me are exhausting, for a small example, because one of my son's hates anything sweet. I'd actually prefer retail or a small community Pharmacy so I can help people one-on-one, more personally, since I know how stressful medical decisions can be. I also enjoy working in a retail environment a lot. When I was working 60hrs a week I was actually working at Toys R Us. I did overnights, I would fulfill all of the web orders, often all by myself, and I had little experience before that but I was willing to do extra tasks so they threw them at me. I hate register, but I really like helping customers and I tend to have a lot of patience compared to other people when it comes to the crazies so lol I would actually go to medical school, but I'd rather not have all the physical contact physicians often have with their patients... I'm very conservative in that way. So Pharmacy is a nice middle ground.
Wow never heard of schools asking for so many essays. I only had to submit a personal statement and was given a writing exercise at my pharmacy school interviews.

I think those are all good reasons to pursue pharmacy except two things: stability and being able to stay close to home. Massive layoffs, store closures, pay/hour cuts, and corporation mergers have occured in just the past year. I currently have relatively cush $120k salary and guaranteed +80 hrs biweekly, but I fear for my own future.
 
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I want to salute and pay respects on how you overcome many obstacles in life.

That said, there are few thing s I like to point out if I may. Just a summary of from other posts in the forum.

1. Pharmacy has rigorous curriculum.
2. Pharmacy as profession is dying.
3. Residency and rotation vs. family life.
4. Previous pharmacy experience.
5. Cost of tuition.

One reason for me to go to pharmacy school is to provide better care for my wife who was ill. However, time is much different. When I graduated, each students were offered 5 to 8 jobs. Now, many are only partially employed upon graduation. The other reason that concern me is that lack of pharmacy experience may mislead you with unrealistic expectations.

I would urge you to do extensive research into each health care section to better pursue your right path.

Have you thought working as retail managers at CVS or Walgreens, it is not a bad starting point with your experiences?



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