Essay Questions

What is your most memorable childhood experience?I was riding a bike while my friend was on the handlebars when we came across a huge hill on a narrow path with a drop off on one side and a river on the other. Unfortunately, we realized that the brakes weren't working after we started down the hill. Somehow we made it without crashing at all.
What immediate family member do you closely identify with and why?My mom, because she's always there to listen and give great advice. She's always supported me even when I decided to come to America to work and study. Plus, her cooking is amazing!
What character traits do you admire in an individual?Honesty and reliability. I was always raised to keep my word, and if you say you are going to do something, you do it. I value these same traits in others.
What is the funniest thing ever to happen to you?On a day that I had already had school, I came home and took a nap. When I woke up I thought it was the next morning and I thought I was running late. So I hurried and got dressed and ate "breakfast." My parents and brother decided to have a good laugh and told me I'd better hurry or I'd be late. They let me go all the way to the school, and when I got there and the school was empty I realized what had happened.
If time and money were not an issue, where would you travel and why?My wife and I take a trip to Russia to visit my family every year or so. I realized at the last trip we took that after living there growing up, I had never really travelled around my own country. I decided that I didn't want to waste the years I have here in America and make sure I see all the beautiful places here.
When and if you ever have children, what would you like to pass on to them?Strong faith and hard work ethic. These are the things that my mother and father passed on to me. With these two things I feel like my children will be able to accomplish all of their dreams.