Until my 11th grade I always thought AP classes are very hard and not for me; also, I was new comer in U. S. However, this year our counselor recommended me to take AP government. So I took it. Also, now I really enjoy the challenges in that class. Moreover, I am getting really good grades in that class. The factors which attribute to my success are: my hard work and passion toward about education. One of my teachers said, There is nothing impossible; if you want to achieve something then nobody can stop you. These factors attribute to my success. 20. Discuss the subjects in which you had difficulty.
What factors do you believe contributed to your difficulties? How have you dealt with them so they will not cause problems for you again? In which areas have you experienced improvement? What problem areas remain? In India, I had some difficulties in Math because I never took it serious. In India, I studied just because my parents wanted me to study. I didnt have any motive in my life. About two and half year ago I came to United States; I figured that out why I study; I study for myself to fulfill my dreams and ambitions. Also, when I was newcomer my reading and writing skills were not so good.
I studied hard, read books, practiced in writing. When I was new in U. S. , I barely knew English. I was scared about everything that was happening in my life. I was scared about everything that was happening in my life because I didnt really know English very much. Then I read many books and practiced very much in writings. So now my reading and writing skills are better than before. However, still now I feel like I need to keep reading more books to improve my reading skills. 21. Briefly describe a situation in which you felt that you or others were treated unfairly or were not given an opportunity you felt you deserved.
Why do you think this happened? How did you respond? Did the situation improve as a result of your response? About two and half years ago, I was in India. I wasnt even allowed to talk to boys or go anywhere without my parents permission. They never wanted me to show that they discriminate with me and my brother, but sometimes I felt it. In India, Girls were expected to get married and do housework all day, so my culture often thought it was wasteful to give a girl an education. Also, my mom thought the same thing for me. I think this all happened because like a typical Indian mother my mom thought same thing for me.
Later on, I moved to America with my parents. Here, I saw that women can do everything that men do. Women are empowered to be both wives and doctors, and they dont get excluded from classrooms or business meetings. Now, I convinced my parents to get higher education. Also, now its there dream too to see me getting higher education. 22. Discuss your short and long-term goals. Are some of them related? Which are priorities? My short term goals are to pass senior project, get all As in my classes, graduate, participate in community service, apply and get accepted into a four year university, and apply for all the scholarships that I can.
My long term goals are to work hard in college, graduate from college and from pharmacist school with good scores and be a pharmacist. My short term goals are related to my long-term goals which are graduating from college and study pharmacist. My short and long-term goals are related because if I get my short-term goals then I would get my long- term goals; otherwise I wont be able to fulfill my goals. I want to stay on task and do my best. My priorities are to graduate and get really good grades. 23. Discuss a leadership experience you have had in any area of your life: school, work, athletics, church, community etc.
How and why did you become a leader in this area? How did this experience influence your goals? I had experienced many leadership experiences in United States as well as in India. This year in Chemistry class we had a test; I studied well, so got 100 percent. Unfortunately, most of the other student didnt do well on their test so our teacher gave them a second chance to improve their grades. Seconds time, he divided us into four groups. The four students including me, who did well on their tests, were in charge of a group. We had to teach our group member about the test.
I taught my group member in a very interesting way; I am sure they really enjoyed it too. I influenced them to study hard on second time. Also, all my group members got As and Bs on their tests. This shows that I controlled on my group and worked hard to get them all good grades. 24. Discuss your involvement in and contributions to a community near your home, school or elsewhere. Please select an experience different from the one you discussed in the question, even if this experienced also involved leadership. What did you accomplished? How did this experience influence your goals?
I grew up in a traditional multi-generational family home with my parents and grand-parents all living under the same roof. So, I have a really good relationship with my grand-parents. I take care of my grand-parents. For example, I cook, laundry, iron their clothes etc. Moreover, I do community service at my church every Sunday. I usually help to cook, clean up utensils and floor. By doing community service, I learned how to be organized, manage my time well, and hard work. Moreover, this experience influenced me to do hard work. In starting this was hard for me to manage my time well.
However, I learned how to do different things from my co-worker. 25. Other than through classes in school, in what areas (non- academic or academic) have you acquired knowledge or skills? How? Other than through classes in school, I have acquired knowledge in cooking, sewing and independent reading. My mom taught me cooking; every day I help her in kitchen. So I learned a lot of dishes to cook. By learning this I feel very proud because I help my mom, save our money and lead a happier and healthier life. Additionally, I have learned sewing from my mom. Sometimes, I sew things in my free time.
It is my hobby. Also, I have gained some skills in sewing. Moreover, I like to reading novels in my free time. Through all of these non- academic activities, I learned to push myself beyond what I thought I was capable of doing. 26. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about that may help us evaluate your nomination (i. e. , personal characteristics, obstacles you have overcome)? I was more afraid than a goat being led to his slaughter. It was the end for me. My hands were shaking, my whole body sweating. Sternly, he asked me for my ID number for my final tenth grade scores.
I had waited for over a month to know my scores. One month of worrying, what if I failed my math class? What would happen then? He asked me again and I opened my mouth to tell him my number, but nothing came out. I pushed myself again and replied, 5885. He scanned his eyes over the pages of scores and stopped. My future was dependent on this. The silence was killing me. Well, you passed all your classes with good grades! Except math, finally he reported. My heart sunk, horrified that I had failed my math class. I felt as if the sky was going to fall down and crush me.
In India, final exams determine our futures. One failed test could take a person from hopes of being a doctor to the curse of being a maid. I heard many stories about how students resorted to suicide because they failed their classes. For weeks after my test, I was sure I had failed and was so depressed that I even considered suicide. I could not find the words hope or achievement in the dictionary of my life. My life was very different from most children growing up in America. My parents never went to college; their opportunities in life were limited. They wanted me to get the opportunities they missed.
Growing up in a traditional Indian family, I had never thought about anything outside the box. I was expected to only do whatever my parents told me to do, even if I did not understand the reason; I never tried to question them. While I always tried my best, sometimes I could not pull out As on my report card, like how a magician pulls a rabbit out of his hat. Because I did not understand my parents reasons, I only feared bad grades instead of seeing hope and opportunities in achieving good grades. On the day of my final math exam, I was incredibly sick studying became impossible.
My heart was full with fear. The exam covered what we had learned over the whole year and we were not given any sort of review. Now the man sitting in front of me had my future in his hands. I could not believe it when he said, No, you didnt fail; actually you got a passing grade in math. When I heard him, I was happy as a rat with a gold tooth. When I moved to the United States two years ago, I barely knew English. My classmates taught me not only how to speak English but also to pursue my own goals, not just my parents. Language was not the only difference between the two countries.
I also had to learn new things about American culture, different school rules, and how to be independent, all on my own. My independence has grown so now far barely I remember those days when I was so depressed, I feared I had no future. But, through it, I learned to be strong in difficult times. I believe now if I go forward in the direction of my dreams then I can achieve anything. Now I have switched the word suicide to achievement in my dictionary. As I move into the next chapter of my life, this strength motivates me to fulfill my parents initial dream for me, which is now my own dream: to go to college.