Quote from cincin1
How do I write about my experiences without sounding like I am feeling sorry for myself?
I think you just wrote it in your post. My school does not have an essay or give points for disadvantage circumstances, but some organizations giving out scholarships
do. Some scholarship
applications include an essay, where I have shown how I have overcome and endured rather then sounding like I am asking for sympathy.
Write your story in a way where you enforce the facts you have written here. Be sure to show that despite disappointments and challenges life has thrown at you, you have succeeded at [fill in the blank]. That way you are not writing to get sympathy but you are writing to show that you are strong and capable of meeting and exceeding expectations.
By the way, I have worked with kids who have had similar backgrounds to you (or worse) and I am always impressed with the positive attitudes some have about his/her goals and the hard work they have put in to succeed. From experience you may know that MOST kids with disadvantage backgrounds repeat the cycles of violence and abuse as well as low education attainment, which keeps him/her impoverished. Thus, overcoming your circumstances does not make you a dime a dozen.
I liked your post and I am sure your admissions committee will too! Take care and good luck.