While I can see how this would make for a compelling essay, discretion might be the better part of valor in this case. It’s a tricky thing. Bennington is not interested in turning your mom in to the feds, nor in penalizing you for your family status. But depending on the essay itself and how it is received wherever you send it, there could be some risk, either to your mother or to your chances of getting into schools. I can’t quantify those risks for you. I just genuinely don’t know what your family might come up against if you put that information on the internet and send it to a bunch of strangers, or how it might be received by colleges. Once it’s out there, you have no control over how it will be read or by whom.
If it’s essential to you that this aspect of your life is heard, if you need for people to know this about you, consider interviews. Bennington strongly encourages our applicants to have personal interviews with us, and just generally speaking… in a closed room, with a person you can see and feel out, you can open yourself to the admissions counselors who feel right and be selective about disclosure with the ones where something seems off. Just be careful, and best of luck to you and your family.
I am secretly (now not so secretly) jealous of Ray’s blogging acumen. Seriously, alternatively factual, joking, but always dead-on informative in whatever style, Ray’s got mad chops at the Tumblr game.