Everyone, thank you for your advice and comments! I really appreciate your help.
This is the sentence that really got me. The disgust for humanity part is really cold.
Although it is somewhat of an exaggeration, I added it for effect, to show how much it had shocked me. If it's too harsh, I can soften in a little... maybe: "Soon I became afflicted with loneliness and became distrustful of humanity." ... although I'm not sure how I can create the same effect. My idea was to start out a little extreme (as I was only a small kid then) and later show my progress and improvement.
And maybe in your last paragraph you can talk about your hope to make new lasting friends around campus as well. Or something a bit more warm and welcoming.
Well... I decided against that, because the main point of the essay was for the roommate to get to know me better. So I thought keeping it personal would be more effective. But thanks for the tip anyways :)
afflicted by loneliness -- I'm not sure about this, but I think it should be "with".
cursed me with paranoia -- this is a very strong word. Are you really implying this, or did you just choose it for the effect?
Thanks for the tips. About, paranoia - I chose not only for the effect, but also because I do mean it. I actually left out some details because it would take to much room, but if you care, what actually happened is that the teacher encouraged me to fight back, which was appalling to me. After that, until around 9-10th grade, I became introverted and very independent to the point that some of the teachers found it unnerving... -.-
But again, thanks for the comments!
One more thing -- I have seen a lot of people who are not friends with their roommates. So what would you do if your roommate is an extreme introvert and doesn't like friends?
Ummm... well, this essay is intended for the roommate to know me better, so it's more of a heads-up to my roommate of what kind of person I am. :] But it is an interesting thought...
...betrayed my trust for mere popularity and criticized my white spots and mocked my accents. (Right here, I think you should add a thesis sentence. Add a sentence to the end of this first paragraph so that reader can share in the insight that will be the focus of the essay. Write your most powerful sentence at the end of this first para. :-)
Hmmm... do you think it would be better if I moved the sentence:
"The calamity destroyed my trust and cursed me with paranoia."
to the end of the first paragraph and change it to:
"Their perfidy destroyed my trust and cursed me with paranoia."
All my life, I had been ingrained with the...
I think you cannot be ingrained with something, but I might be wrong. I would do this:
All my life, I had my family worked to instill in me ...
I think it can work... but I'll change it to be safe :). Thanks for the help!