As a high school freshman, I quickly realized how easy it was to turn in minimal work and to get a decent grade. I thought that I had so much time throughout my time in high school that getting C's and D's wouldn't impact me as I approached my later years in high school. I soon realized how detrimental my actions were as I was now a senior applying to 4-year colleges. As I saw all of my friends get into the colleges they applied to, I didn't get accepted into any. My subpar GPA and ACT scores held me back. As I settled for a community college in Fort Collins, I only wish I had the chance to go back and rewrite all the mistakes I had made throughout my high school days. I didn’t take high school seriously, I ditched classes, turned in subpar
In the summer of 2015 I received a full scholarship to attend Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University, an opportunity that shaped a simply hobby into an enduring passion. As a writer, I am highly critical of my work, however being accepted to the eight-day program merely by my own literary merit definitely served as an example that not only am I capable of writing something worthy, but that I have the power to achieve any goals laid before me. While I attended the program I greeted 35 peers from California all the way to Zimbabwe, South Africa. My core classes consisted of Fiction and Poetry, where I was taught by award winning authors and poets. To be honest, I felt entirely inadequate the first few days. Here I was
I was blessed to be born to a Cuban mother and Mexican father, living in Miami I've been able to embrace both cultures. I usually speak in Spanish with my friends and classmates and I've been exposed to a variety of cultures in my community. Interacting with students from different backgrounds has been eye opening for me, especially the opportunities I've had to travel. Last year I was selected by Honors College to learn about the issues going on globally in Austria and Germany. In Salzburg, I had the honor of speaking with professors from the University of Salzburg, which showed me how most Europeans view the world. It was a culture shock seeing how some Austrians saw the United States and their thoughts on taxes. This experience pushed me
I received an acceptance from a US MD school during the 2013-2014 cycle. However, as an international student, I was required to deposit all four years’ worth of tuition in an escrow account prior to matriculation, which I was unable to do. While I was aware of the escrow requirement prior to application, I was on track to obtain permanent residency during the application year per my immigration attorney, which would excuse me from this requirement. However, given the uncertain nature of the residency process, this did not, and is yet to, happen. My family and I had recently immigrated from India, and coming up with the escrow amount was impossible at that time. Loans were also only available on a yearly cadence, not for all four years at once.
My interest in writing wasn’t always apparent to me even though I sought out activities that included the skill. I enjoyed English classes growing up, but I never thought I would utilize writing at a heightened capacity for different disciplines and my own creative pursuits. Soon enough, writing became an activity that I did outside of the classroom, especially in public health pursuits during my time in college and creatively post-graduation. It is a part of my constant development as a person who contributes to causes and activities that I care about and a part of the impact I believe I can make in the medical field.
Ever since I began reading as a small child, I have loved literature and the written word. However, even though this has always been the case, I originally was not a literature major when I entered Arizona State University. Instead, I began my college career as a Physics major. What I came to realize after completing some of the required courses for the major was not that I was not good at physics since I had done exceptionally in all my classes, but that I was more interested in reading the articles and writing the assignments for my classes than I was in actually doing research in the physics department. Therefore, even as I was pursuing an entirely different degree, my love of literature and writing was still fundamental to my learning, and it was this that eventually lead to me changing my major to English Literature. Coming to this decision to switch majors was difficult, however the experience was beneficial in the long run. Not only am I now enjoying the work I am doing as a student more, I also understand that writing, editing, and reading critically is important to all disciplines. Had I not first begun my
As I sit here in the midst of the night pondering on all the things that have went wrong in my past. My priorities have been twisted and my vision has been obstructed; the truth hurt way too much to handle and when the real world hit me I was lost. Everything I had worked for was gone and the person I loved most was nowhere to be found -- it was just me, myself, and my notebook. My thoughts tended to unravel when they flowed in-between my fingers, the days flew by when I wrote about them and the weight from my shoulders were lifted off. This was therapy and my introspective journey had begun. Leading up to this point, my life was in disarray and I felt that I needed to take this time to reflect on my wrong doings, set my priorities straight, shift my perspective, and focus on my education in order for me to pursue the finer things in life.
Science grows and evolves just as my inspiration for it does. I have furthered this interest of mine by deciding to dedicate my entire future towards impacting both science and others with my biology major. I have been impacted by science since elementary because since my first time completing a lab in school, I have always been intrigued by the fact the I get to make a hypothesis and later discover if I was correct with my prediction. Although I never won any science experiment event at my school, I never gave up and I was always curious about the way living organisms function everywhere. As a result of always winning a participation ribbon, I was not interested in winning any sort of prize for my science experiments and I decided to complete
I believe that one of my greatest strengths is my diversity of backgrounds. In college, my contrasting majors of Political Science and Theatre gave me the opportunity to explore topics both analytical and creative in nature. I was heavily involved in our university’s Theatre program, yet at the same time was able to pursue internships with a political campaign and with the House of Representatives, as well as remain active in the school’s Music and Digital Media Arts departments. I graduated cum laude and would go on to participate in both the political and Theatre communities of the Twin Cities on both an amateur and professional level. This background gives me a perspective that is relatively unique, compared to those who may have studied specifically in Business or Human Resources programs for their secondary education.
At Indiana University, I’m currently partaking in a dual-degree program in Economic Consulting and Public Policy Analysis. When I was building my schedule, I knew take unique classes that would expand my knowledge and allow me to pursue my particular areas of interest. However, at the same time, I had to navigate selecting courses that would satisfy IU and Cornell’s requirements. With that in mind, I built a schedule that I have found intellectually satisfying for my first and second semester.
Never mistake a single mistake with a final mistake”- F. Scott Fitzgerald. When it comes to writing I have never really been good at it I have always needed a little extra help on writing a good essay. I remember always having trouble especially now that essays are expected to be excellent. I never understood the importance of writing an essay until I took INRW. This semester in INRW I have improved my writing skills by practicing paragraph structure, creating a thesis statement, and using MLA format.
Over the summer, I traveled nearly 600 miles away from home to work for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. I spent twelve weeks working forty hours with the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PASHPO) and multiple PennDOT offices. During my internship, I updated information on over four hundred metal truss bridges, mapped historic sites using the Geographic Information System (GIS), presented several properties during Determination of Eligibility (DOE) discussions, and attended meetings with other staff members to observe the status of current ongoing projects. These tasks allowed me to experience the daily responsibilities of a CRGIS Coordinator, National Register Reviewer, and Historic Preservation Supervisor, positions that caught my attention and sparked a high level of curiosity. They also showcased how the theories I learned in my coursework can be utilized in real world situations.
I am an individual like no other I have ever met, not to be arrogant or boastful, but to explain the extent of my uniqueness. I was born to a foreign-born Serbian mother and a half Italian, half English father. I was born in New York City, but was raised in a suburban town on Long Island. With my paternal grandparents, Pops and Nana, I went on many travels, both around the United States and Atlantic Ocean (they owned a large sail boat). With my maternal grandparents, Baba and Deda, I went on many urban adventures, having probably traversed nearly the whole of New York City on foot, exploring, eating, and playing in playgrounds with new found friends. Also from my maternal grandparents, I became fluent in my understanding of the Serbian
The different activities I have participated in over the past 3 semesters have been incredibly rewarding! The majority of the activities I have participate in over the past 3 years have been on the USF campus, the organizations that I have completed these hours with were primarily with the offices of the Global Citizens Project (GCP) and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement’s Lead Fellows Board (CLCE), but also some hours were completed with the USF chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and with the GloBULL Ambassadors. The various activities performed spanned a wide range of different things including planning events that help to promote leadership across USF with the CLCE, tabling at events and presenting presentations with the Global Citizens Project, and
You are driven to succeed. You are motivated to achieve your goals that you are prepared to overcome obstacles that would likely discourage and stop others. I believe this to be one the greatest characteristic that I can relate to. I am constantly setting short and long term goals. Goals are the milestones to living life. I am currently working on a project at work. There are about ten people assigned to this project. At this point of the project I am at 95% completion. The next person closet is sitting at 50% completed. I like to become organized at any task given, so that I can complete the task fast and have a high success rate.