Biographical Essay

897 Words Dec 6th, 2012 4 Pages
*note: certain places and peoples' names have been censored*

Essay topic: We are interested in learning more about you and the context in which you have grown up, formed your aspirations and accomplished your academic successes. Please describe the factors and challenges that have most shaped your personal life and aspirations. How have these factors caused you to grow?

Coming to America was not easy for my parents, especially considering the fact that I, less than a year old, was with them. We first lived in Michigan for two years and then moved to sunny California into a one-bedroom apartment in Torrance. I grew up as a happy, carefree kid, oblivious to my parent’s
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However, I still had problems with my personal identity. I wasn’t able to open up to others that easily during my first year. I got to know many people but didn’t make any friends. It wasn’t until eighth grade that I was able to meet my two closest friends today, ______ and ______. Unlike others, they didn’t judge me. After spending more time with them, the false personality I had built up went away and I became a happier person. With them, I was able to be myself and not worry about what they thought of me. I am so thankful to have them. They have given me strength and support during tough times and have always been there for me when I needed them. Thanks to them, I started caring less about my public image. In my sophomore year, I finally realized that it doesn’t matter what others think about me and as long as I have someone who cares for and accepts me as I am, then that’s enough.
Another perspective of my life that has changed is my studies. Coming from an Asian family, my parents have stressed the importance of grades ever since I entered high school. As a dutiful daughter, I would study hard, trying to live up to their standards and achieve perfect grades. Halfway during my junior year, I came to realize that it wasn’t helping me. I had gotten so obsessed with earning good grades for my parents that I forgot the simple purpose of going to school: to learn. It was then that I started to ask myself: Do I go to school for…

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