For your disadvantaged status essay you are asked to provide any additional information about your background that can help clarify your disadvantaged student status. Enter an explanation.
Please limit your answer in this field to 4,500 characters.
You are also asked to provide a brief description of your childhood residence. Please limit your answer to 250 characters.
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AMCAS - Disadvantaged Statement
Our financial situation remained unimproved by the time I began to attend college. I worked at least 30 hours per week while living at home and driving over 140 miles to college every day. It has taken an immense amount of fortitude to continue to make this drive, work, study, do outside research, and participate in extracurricular activities for the past 5 years, while maintaining a high GPA.