UBC application essay
I'm in my 30's and applying to UBC as a mature student. The personal profile prompts are proving more difficult than I anticipated. Long story short, I grew up in a culture that is strongly against women pursuing education beyond levels of simple reading and writing. When I was 16, I was taken out of school to help raise my family. At the time, I could hardly speak English. I continued learning by reading books, newspapers etc.
When I turned 18, I took some courses in a small community college to gain employment and got into finance and banking and progressed fairly well in my career without ever finishing high school. Last year, I enrolled in the Adult graduation program ( adult Dogwood) and recently graduated from high school with an average A. Now that I'm trying to apply to universities, I feel like I haven't done any extracurricular activities or achieved anything beyond working full time to help my family for the last 16 years. I was wondering if anyone else has ever been in the same situation, especially as a mature student? What do I write about? How do I explain concisely in 250 words or less?
Any tips or advice would be appreciated.