New York University
Undergrad
When I was offered the ASEAN scholarship to study overseas at twelve, I was elated at my personal and financial independence. As long as I produced good results, I was free to do anything. I filled my afternoons with plays, music performances and poetry slams, learning more about the local arts scene I never got to explore back in Malaysia, and meeting people from different backgrounds...
Beloit College
Undergrad
Although it is not technically on her property, I have always felt like my nana’s pond belonged to me. But not in a territorial or possessive way. I do not remember going there as a baby, but simply knowing that I have been going there my whole life makes me feel a sense of trust towards it...
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Duke University
Undergrad
Big brother. From those two words arise a myriad of associations and meanings, but when I say I’m a big brother, I don’t mean it in the genetic sense, the adoptive sense, and certainly not the Orwellian sense. My little brother is Spencer...
Duke University
Undergrad
The best I can hope for is a roll of the eyes. That’s it. Sure, there are times when the planets align perfectly and someone actually laughs, but if I expected laughter every time, I’d be disappointed often...
Brigham Young University - Idaho
Undergrad
I come from a very strict family background. Being born into a Chinese family may seem exotic, but believe me, it is nothing but work, work, and more work. I spent most of my childhood life in China, going to the same school that my parents attended at one time...
University of California - Davis
Undergrad
I currently live in the town of Sonoma, located in the heart of the Northern California wine country. However, my life began on a snowy April afternoon in Adamstown, Pennsylvania circa 1996 in the heart of another sort of country--Amish Country. Adamstown is a conservative community dominated by tradition and order. Amongst my most vivid childhood memories are watching entire Amish families riding horse-and-buggies while moseying down the side of the highway, or going to school with kids who weren't allowed to celebrate Halloween--my favorite holiday--because of its "satanic" associations...
University of Southern California
Undergrad
Adolescence is the most important time period in a person's life. During this time, they learn about the world, take on more responsibilities, and begin to mature. They experience a myriad of emotions, from inspiring happiness to extreme anguish. By being enveloped in all of these at once, most individuals begin to establish an identity for themselves...
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Undergrad
With forested hills open to exploration and a lake for boating and fishing, Spring Lake Park has become a second home to me. I come here regularly for a run, a bike ride, or a walk with my family. I have participated in community work days and had my Eagle Scout Service Project here. But Spring Lake has become more to me than the location of my dreams...
University of California - Berkeley
Undergrad
My favorite environment I have ever experienced is definitely marching band. I have done band since 6th grade, my siblings have done marching band since I was 7, and my family has done marching band, too. Even my grandfather marched snare in parades in Boston. Therefore, I am very connected to marching band through my family...
University of California - Berkeley
Undergrad
I participate in several activities. I do marching band and drumline, pit orchestra, Mock Trial, Model UN, and NHS. I do marching band, as I have mentioned before, for reasons ranging from loving the people, loving the music, and loving the experience of focused, hard work...
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