Essay Questions

What is your most memorable childhood experience?Every year in the early spring my family would spend a weekend planting vegetables in our garden. Tending to the plants and being able to eat some of the vegetables we grew later in the year was a point of pride for my siblings and me. My great-grandfather operated a greenhouse in his retirement and my parents had us do this to keep his memory alive. It was a great way for us to bond and created memories I will never forget.
What immediate family member do you closely identify with and why?I identify most with my younger brother. According to all the stories my parents tell we were inseparable from day one. I was always there for him when we were kids, and I still am today. He is always able to make me laugh when I need it and he is my best friend.
What character traits do you admire in an individual?I admire loyalty because I find a lot of comfort in knowing that my friends and family have my back. I also admire perseverance because being able to finish a task or complete a set goal is satisfying for me, especially when difficult obstacles are overcome on the way. Finally, I admire honesty because I am a straight shooter and get along best with those who also are.
What is the funniest thing ever to happen to you?While out to dinner to celebrate my 22nd birthday, a local celebrity, of whom I was a big fan, was sitting at the next table. We talked with him for a bit, and he ended up buying my table a round of drinks and spent the rest of the evening with us. The stories he told will always make me laugh and he brought so much joy to that night.
If time and money were not an issue, where would you travel and why?I would travel around the world to climb the Seven Summits. My family takes frequent trips to mountains for hiking and skiing. I have been able to see some truly remarkable sights on these trips. I also love to challenge myself. The mental and physical challenge combined with the ability to see things that few others have seen is very enticing to me!
When and if you ever have children, what would you like to pass on to them?I would like to pass on a strong work ethic and an understanding of the importance of respect. I am a believer that hard work is the key to accomplishing anything in the world. Respect for those around you and your environment makes the world a much more pleasant place.