For common app essay, could a challenge i faced be my name, and allude to how it has impacted people from truely knowing who i am (people mispornounce it all the time), as well as other factors
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A problematic name is not representative of an obstacle you had to overcome. From the provided description, it is something that makes you a unique person. My suggestion, is that the prompt in relation to:
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
The name reference can be framed to represent your identity. How it confused people but, helped you become a better person in the process , Allow yourself to better understand who you are through your name and how you are percieved because of it. Remember that your name can help you stand out during the application process. Use it to call attention to yourself.
I could say, your initial idea can be anything at will. Your unusual name might work just as well as other ideas since it is uniquely related to you. But yeah, I'll agree that your name shall be a part of your identity, not really a challenge.
The main point is, how could you describe your mindset, personality, or passion toward the university with that? Is there another relating story, that conveniently conveys yourself as well? For example, did you turn that inconvenience into a strong point? Remember, the university wants to know more about you as a person, so bless them with that through your story.
Hope this helps,