Essay Questions

What is your most memorable childhood experience?I remember vividly my first trip to Guatemala with my grandparents. I had just started my summer break and remember being excited to travel by plane for the first time. The trip was great because I met family members I had only heard of in my grandma's stories. I got to see the home where my mom and uncles grew up, and travel to amazing places in the country. This has to be the most memorable experience I had as a child.
What immediate family member do you closely identify with and why?Without a doubt, the person I most identify with is my grandfather. Growing up, I always saw him as this person larger than life; he was my hero and role model. At age seven, I had the opportunity to travel with my grandparents to Guatemala, where they are originally from, and I saw how people respected and admired my grandfather. This made me see him through a different lens and understand his view of community and service. As an adult I was able to see him from a different perspective; a more human and relatable one that made me understand how similar we both were.
What character traits do you admire in an individual?I admire empathy, honor, loyalty, hard work, patient, persistent, and optimistic.
What is the funniest thing ever to happen to you?I was visiting my wife's hometown for the first time and met my sister-in-law’s boyfriend. The guy is a character. He decided that the best way to introduce me to the place was to slide down this mound of dirt on a four person “sled” he made. After a shot of bravery I decided that I would follow this grand idea. We did not notice that there was a small bump of dirt at the bottom of this ride. We ended up flying through the air, each in a different direction. That was funny and dumb.
If time and money were not an issue, where would you travel and why?My dream is to live for a few years in East Asia. I would travel and immerse myself in the culture, eat my way through each country, and meet new friends. Most of my time I would spend in Japan and Korea because I admire how these countries balance tradition and modern society.
When and if you ever have children, what would you like to pass on to them?Life is short, so every moment needs to be enjoyed. Stop thinking of the future or dwelling on the past, the only thing that is real is NOW.