Some say that maturity comes with age. However, I have to disagree with this statement, I am convinced that maturity comes with experiences and one’s first life changing experience can launch you from childhood into maturity. I believe this as it takes maturity to encounter, understand, and adjust to a life changing experience. There are a few key moments in my life that I consider to have enhanced and expedited my maturing process. For me, the first experience that set me on the road to maturity occurred when I was just 12 years old. This was the age that I moved to Bangkok, Thailand. Until that time, I had lived in the same location in Virginia associating with the same friends. This move was a life changing experience for me, as I had never been to a foreign country, except for briefly crossing over the border to Canada. I remember the sense of trepidation and uneasiness that gripped me when I first arrived in Thailand, but I realized after just two weeks of living in Bangkok, that the Thais were wonderful people and my concerns were unjustified. The first day of school in Thailand was one that I will remember forever, as Bangkok Patana was almost four times the size of any school that I had previously attended. However, after two and a half weeks at the new school, I realized that my fears were again misplaced. This experience made me realize that although a new experience may seem frightening, the best way to deal with it is to simply just jump right in with an open mind. This was what I believe to be my first stepping stone on the road to maturity. The second major milestone for me personally didn’t occur until four years later when 16 while living and attending school in England. During this year I had the extraordinary opportunity of going on a humanitarian aid project with my school to Tanzania. I believe that this was a major milestone for me, experiencing first-hand the terrible conditions in Africa while people are always telling you to give back and be thankful for what you have. That doesn’t become truly real until you go and personally see and experience what it is like for these people. While in Tanzania, we helped to build a primary school for in a very poor village. This allowed all of us to do something
January 20, 2015
College is worth it
Do you ever stress about going to college? Worry About the cost? Scared if you’re going into the wrong field of study? College is very important to go to now a days because a lot more jobs are requiring a college education. College is worth the time and money to go through. I believe everyone should go to college and get a degree. In this essay I will be explaining why it’s important to go to college and why it’s worth having…
22 May 2013
A typical morning in Vietnam began with my mother gently waking me up. "Con ơi thức giậy đi", and she would drive me to school on her electric motorcycle through the crowds of people getting to work. The atmosphere always had a hot and humid feels to it, with the sweet aroma coming from the fruits that people sold on the side of the streets. I came from a middle class family in South Vietnam. My parents did not have the chance to go to college, but they worked very…
Question: What is one important question you wish we had asked?
College admission essays all have a common theme of, “tell me what I want to hear.” Why do you want to attend our college? What are your plans for the future? Tell us a little about yourself, and so the list goes on. In reality, to know about a student you have to give them a prompt that lights a fire within their imagination. Let them dig into their mind and put everything on that paper, have their deepest thoughts typed…
The Influence of Culture
UW English 131
UW English 131
So many things in today’s society can influence the person you are and will become. Things we watch on T.V. influence today’s younger generations greatly. We see the way people act on T.V. and we try to impersonate that character whether ‘tis bad or good. I’m originally from Germany and because of that and my mother and grandmother being German we celebrate holidays the…
Many people would probably describe a place where they are perfectly content as an open field or their bed or maybe even the park, but not me, the place where I am most satisfied in my life is the baseball field. I know many people believe that would be crazy because of the yelling, noises and action, but honestly, those aspects are what makes this place so amazing for me. The smell of freshly cut grass, the sound of the glove popping when the ball…
Education has always been important to me, especially since no one in my family has ever graduated from college. I have faced several obstacles growing up and even though many people, even some of my own family members, thought I couldn't surpass them. My hardships have given me the drive to remain focused on my ultimate goal: achieving higher education.
My mother's struggle and her experience have been an inspiration for me. My mother had a difficult childhood and only received…
If you were to look back on your high school years, what advice would you give to someone beginning their high school career? What would you tell the children that are about to experience there life, how it is in high school. This essay will explain how high school is now, and how it was when I entered high school. This advice I am giving the students will let them understand that high school is serious, not a joke.
When, I first started high school…
College Essay Rough Draft
A motto that I’ve truly lived by through various obstacles thrown at me is, “it isn’t failure that defines you it is how you get back up that does.” I honestly do not even remember where I first heard this but as a dedicated athlete, I’ve been through my fair share of setbacks. I am a really serious runner, and have been running since 8th grade, discovering a true love for the sport. I quickly realized I had varsity potential, and could do remarkable things in cross…
Dear Whomever it concerns,
As a kid I was always into school, and I liked learning new things. My parents always told me if I wanted to be something in life I would have to get an education, and to work hard in life for what I wanted. I took that in consideration, and that became my motivation to strive for my success. Since then I stayed focus in school and did my best to get good grades. I use to be easily distracted by things that made me procrastinate and sidetrack me from…
The question that I was given was why do I want to attend Virginia common wealth university? That question is the reason why I am dedicated to attend VCU. I love the fact that common wealth university has a lot of the basic courses I need in order to become a physical therapist. Not only does VCU have the basic four year courses there is also a medical school department, which I would love to enroll in after my first 4 years. VCU is a great school for me because…