Essay Questions

What is your most memorable childhood experience?When I was 6 years old, my parents could only afford to send me and my younger brother to China to visit our family. I remember how confused I was walking through the airport with my younger brother and trying to figure out where we were supposed to go. I also remember how proud (and relieved) I felt when we landed in Shanghai, and my aunt and uncle were there to greet us! The trip was a major success, and I still remember those moments in the airport to this day.
What immediate family member do you closely identify with and why?I relate with my brother the most. We're only 2 years apart and were each other's best friends growing up. Although we're not as close nowadays, all the experiences we shared have really brought us together and help us understand each other.
What character traits do you admire in an individual?I really value loyalty, accountability, and creativity. I consider myself very loyal to those around me and I want the same in return. That also kind of ties into accountability as well. If you say you're going to do something, I expect you to follow through, barring unforeseen circumstances. Lastly, creativity is so useful in everyday life! Whether it's solving problems or just finding a way to pass the time, I love being around creative people and try to live that way myself!
What is the funniest thing ever to happen to you?I had a crush on this girl in 3rd grade. We were in the same gym class together, and one day the coach told us we would be playing dodgeball! At one point during the game, I wanted to show off how strong I was to my crush, so I picked up the nearest dodgeball and threw it as hard as I could. It soared through the air and landed straight on my crush's face. She burst into tears and had to leave the game to compose herself. I went over to apologize and try and comfort her, but being an awkward 8-year-old, I didn't really know what to say. That day I learned aim is just as important as power when trying to show off.
If time and money were not an issue, where would you travel and why?I would want to spend a year traveling throughout Asia! I've grown up in the US all my life but have visited my family in China a few times. I think the perspective and lifestyle of the countries in Asia are the most different from Western countries like the US. I want to go somewhere extremely different to challenge my own way of thinking and grow as a person.
When and if you ever have children, what would you like to pass on to them?The number one thing I want my children to learn is to love people. This means trying deeply to understand different perspectives, sacrificing their own time, money, or things to provide for others, and being proactive in how they love others.