Cultural Background And Identity Of The Space

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Please tell us more about your cultural background and identity in the space below (100 word limit). I was born to Filipino parents in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States when I was one year old. But how I consider myself culturally is more complex than this statement appears. I have only been an American citizen for half of my life. But claiming a country I barely remember as my home feels unjustified. Whether I consider myself Filipino or American has always been a springboard for self-reflection, but I do not expect a definitive answer anytime soon, if at all. For now, I embrace my ethnic ambiguity as an idiosyncrasy of my identity. We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do for the pleasure of it. (*)(100 words or fewer) As a track runner who spends upwards of ten hours a week in training, reticence towards most other physical activity seems reasonable. But manual transportation is too exhilarating to shy away from for too long. To compromise, I ride my bicycle three to five times every month through local towns, often crossing the Pennsylvania-New York border, discovering new areas, getting lost, and engaging in self-reflection. Biking is the perfect balance between relaxation and sensing that unconquerable high—just you against the rest of the world. Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? (*)
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