Is this professor asking for too much? What kind of essay is it? Reflective, Persuasive, Cause and Effect...?
Draw upon the following as you consider the questions you ask and the formation of your ideas:
What was the specific struggle?
Who was involved?
What resources did the interviewee have, need, or create for him or herself?
How was the struggle overcome?
What are the results of this struggle for this person?