Essay Questions

What is your most memorable childhood experience?As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been infatuated with the game of baseball. Although my dad and I spent shared the bulk of my baseball youth debut, having too many wonderful experiences shared together to say just one was most memorable (because all of them were, quite frankly); one memory though that makes me miss the nostalgic lifestyle of growing up in the 90s was buying and collecting baseball cards. Whenever I had money, I would go out and buy a deck of baseball cards, and Pokémon cards, then I would select the ones that held the most value and repackage the rest I didn’t want, and later I would head down the street corner of my home address and sell the packs I labeled-‘mystery pack.’ Long story short, I would usually sell the entire lot and make some extra money, only to go back and buy more cards in hopes of finding high-quality cards for my personal collection.
What immediate family member do you closely identify with and why?My grandfather (my dad’s father) is one person in the family that I can honestly say I closely identify with, probably because of our multifaceted personality type and strong curiosity to learn. Although we both have our differences in perception though (both seeing the world from a different angle) we can most certainly agree-to-disagree. More importantly, though, the types of discussions we have are never intended for the purpose of arguing or debating worldviews (purely for the sake of it) nor do we ever discriminate against other viewpoints or beliefs; but rather more, everything we discuss is aimed for the purpose of learning, generally speaking. Anything from family matters-to social and personal lifestyles-to academic topics of special interests, we enjoy discussing them all and have always learned something new from either one perception.
What character traits do you admire in an individual?Being able to learn or most important, being open to learning, is a remarkable quality for someone to have. And it is incredibly admirable because, at a certain point, we all know there are things we need to change or improve. Another important character trait that I admire most is not being afraid to accept one's own humility. Humility, as is often thought, is not about a low view of one's importance or poor living standards. Humility is about self-awareness and self-management.
What is the funniest thing ever to happen to you?The night before Christmas, at the age of 4, I was told by my parents and others that if I was bad this year, then they would give Santa a call and tell him not to bring any presents for me this year. Well, if that's the case, then I figured the only way to ensure this never happens by surprise-would be to cut all the phone cords with a pair of scissors, then hide the cords under the couch. When they found out what I did and where I hid the cords, they appeared upset at first, only until they told my grandparents what I did and they couldn't help but laugh at my behavior, even though my parents were clearly both upset and confused with my actions. But that frown would suddenly turn upside down and they would have a good laugh about it as well, and to this day the event is still talked about during Christmas eve family gatherings.
If time and money were not an issue, where would you travel and why?I think the first thing I'd do (assuming wealth preservation/growth systems were already steadily in place) is research various places to live in the world and start narrowing down my favorite choices according to various factors important to me - and then start visiting the handful of final contenders until I could choose one clear winner and relocate there. I'd then probably get a nice amount of fertile farmland, have a house custom-built on the land, set up crops and livestock, and live a life of as much self-sufficiency as possible.
When and if you ever have children, what would you like to pass on to them?I would encourage all to never compare oneself to others. It’s a waste of energy. You are unique and have your own gifts to offer the world. Be mindful and cognizant of all things necessary for leading a healthy-positive lifestyle—that is, continue exercising your physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being. Last but not least, I would like to pass on to them, from personal experience, to never shy away from your natural instincts, under any circumstance, needed for survival. On this note, I want to encourage them to listen to their intuition-when knowledge/information is limited. So follow your intuition and make wise decisions, under any survival situation, because sometimes your gut knows something that you don't know; so be wary and wise in reasoning and stay alert.