COLLEGE ESSAYS: College essays help teens confront past, plan future

ST. LOUIS • Right about now, aspiring high school seniors across the country are undertaking the vexing task of writing college essays.
Some will write about excelling in sports. Others might write about a trip or volunteer job that changed their outlook on life — all in an effort to show word-weary admission officers something vital and unique about their experiences.
But what if the events of your childhood — the things that so far have defined who you are and where you’ve been — are rooted in violence or homelessness?
What if your eyes saw things that no child should see? What would you write about?