Hi all. I'm starting my college apps and started with MIT. Here's the prompt: "Tell us about the most significant challenge you've faced or something important that didn't go according to plan. How did you manage the situation?(*) (200-250 words)." Below is my response. What I want to know from you all is 1) do you think this is a good response? and 2) why you think it is or isn't. Also, any small grammatical errors I may have missed. I'm not looking for you to tell me what to write, I'm just looking for advice so I can have a fighting chance to get into my dream-school. Here's my response: "Before high school I was not the best student. I was a typical middle school boy and even a typical high school boy until October 26th, 2010. That was the day that my best friend died in a small plane crash in Wyoming. At first, I did not believe it at all. I thought it was some joke from my friend. But no matter how much I did not want to believe it, it was true. I struggled with accepting it for weeks. I blamed different people for it, including myself, even though no one was responsible. During that time I thought it was so unfair that my friend should lose out on all the experiences of a lifetime, so I decided to do something about it. Instead of feeling sad, I took that opportunity to have all the experiences that I could and be the best that I could because your life can be taken at any time. I started taking harder courses and being more serious. I did things I never would have done before. It was very difficult. Not only because I was still grieving, but also because I had to push myself to be the best that I could be, which was something new for me. While my friend's death was horrible, I took advantage of the situation and feel I have become a much better person because of it."