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"New Era" missionary experiences - BYU "Setback" Admission Essay, 200 word


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Nov 25, 2009   #1
In 200 words, describe a setback you have encountered in your life. Explain how you have handled the situation and what you have learned from it.

I had know for the past seven years that this day would come, but it didn't make it any easier. As my Mom backed the mini-van out of the driveway, I looked up at our house. It would be a year before I would see it again.

My dad had decided to take a sabbatical to the Washington DC area. I was fifteen, just getting ready to start my sophomore year. We settled in the Virginian Beltway and though I loved the humidity, I became miserable waiting to go back home. I greatly regret that I spent the first six months waiting to go back to Utah. I didn't realize that this was my chance to bless others and be a representative of the LDS Church. With counseling from my dad and daily scripture study, I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and work on serving others. I grew immensely and had the type of "New Era" missionary experiences I always wanted. By completely changing my attitude, I made lifelong friends and came to love where I was.

I learned the importance of having a positive attitude and being selfless. After that year, I was sad to leave Virginia, but went back to Utah as a stronger person. I may have been raised in Utah, but I grew up in Virginia.

This is more than 200 words, so I need to cut it down. Thank you for your time!

EF_Kevin 8 / 13,324 129  
Nov 26, 2009   #2
I had known for seven years that...

I greatly regret that I spent the first six months waiting to go back to Utah.

It's too bad it needs to be shorter, because it is so interesting -- as I read it, I wanted to know more about the New Era missionary experience.

Great last sentence!


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