Do you…?

  I took the first step in getting into the university I want to go to. I am in the process of filling out the “common application” which the school uses and might I add, it’s a doozie!  I’ve filled out several applications for school, but nothing like this one. So, I’m down to personal essays, always a chore even though I like to write.

  One of the writing questions was to elaborate on an activity that I submitted as things I’ve participated in. The most recent one I participated in was FSG and what I contributed to it during deployment. I wrote that a couple days ago and have been thinking about it ever since. Is it appropriate to introduce oneself as a milspouse who has participated in military functions?

  Some people are supportive of the military while others are not; it’s been in history text books since… who can remember. I sometimes feel that it is a difficult road to travel, being a proud military spouse. I want to share my enthusiasm and gratefulness of our troops, but is it appropriate in this situation? I continue to wonder if I should delete the activity and change the response and elaborate on another activity.

  Other activities that I ranked as being most important are religious activities. Before we moved I was actively involved in church between teaching Sunday School, attending church service/functions and being a member of a small group that met on Sunday evenings. I am strong in my faith and yet wonder if it is something that I should delve into in a college application. Not everyone believes what I believe so am I walking on yet another fine line?

  The personal essay asks that I answer the questions of why I’m transferring to the school and the objectives I want to achieve. I can’t necessarily answer the question of why I’m transferring without stating that my husband is in the military and we were transferred. Military life (and my religious views) is a big priority in my life and I believe that they have shaped me to be who I am today. I would like to include it in my application but wonder if I’ll be scrutinized for being a military spouse. So you all tell me, do I include that I’m a milspouse or do I keep it out? 

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2 Responses

  1. I think you answered your own question. You said that the military is one of the two things that has shaped your life and made you who you are today. If that is how you feel, then I wouldn’t leave it out. Do what feels right to you and stay true to yourself. If it were me, they would be getting EXACTLY what they see! 😉 Good luck!!

  2. I agree!!! Do what you feel is right, not what you think others may want. The military is a big part of your life and you are proud of it, write about it! Take care, and let us know how it goes.

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