I don't know if it is really flame or not but does every tragic/unbelievable sounding story have to be flame? If I post my PS/story up here no one will take it seriously since it is way more turbulent than OP's...
I like his quote though:
"I love seeing comments from people without the life experience to know what is possible. The irritating part is that these types of people don't have the life experience to know they don't have life experience"
this is so true! I smile in class when people talk about they have had a hard life.
if it's not a flame then OP should easily be able to provide us with his credit hours and GPA on a semester-by-semester basis, and they should average to 2.23.
But why should he have to prove anything? He asked whether a compelling or unbelievable story should be written into a PS, should he share his troublesome experiences. Why would anyone feel the need to validate this to be true? Maybe he chose 2.23 so he won't givaway his real ID should an adcomm google info in his PS?
Point is I feel like people want to challange a compelling story rather than just answer the questions. If you feel like its flame then let it die, don't answer the question.
and to OP, if it isn't flame, write it all. Your experience is what makes you who you are. I struggled with the same question when I started to write my PS and I decided to write my stories. They want to know about you, so you tell them. Maybe my PS can make an adcomm shed a tear and appreciate what I have accomplished. If you truly experienced what you said, then you need to put your accomplishment in perspective and context. Having a 2 something GPA is totally not a bad thing because a weaker person would probably be in prison or on drugs or in the ground, you have to point that out.