I am writing a personal statement for applying to a school, and I have a question about past tense. The following paragraph describes things that happened several years ago:
My school is located in a rural area and has an extremely small Asian-student body. During my first semester, I did not have a car and could not go anywhere outside of the school.
My question is: since I am describing things which happened in the past, should the first sentence be past tense? But I think the first sentence is describing something that has not changed now, so present tense is okay as well?