Tips and Guide on Writing UC PIQ Prompt #4

UC Prompt #4: Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

This prompt contains two different but related topics: a significant educational opportunity or an educational barrier. You can write about either topic, or address both if they are related in your case.If you choose to go down the educational barriers route, think of barriers broadly. It can be academic, cognitive, socio-economic, or cultural. If you have horrible grades somewhere on your transcripts, or issues somewhere in your education journey, this is the place to talk about it. You can also talk about how you went through environment that lacks educational resources, and how you overcome this educational barrier.

Define an educational opportunity as anything that has added value to your educational experience and has better prepared you for college. If you are more privileged and have opportunities to learned something cool, you can also talk about it here.

The most important thing is to talk about what personal characteristics or skills did you rely on to overcome this barrier? How has the process shaped you as a person? How do you plan to use what you have gained in the future?

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