Essay Questions

What is your most memorable childhood experience?When I was around 6, my mom took me to a dinosaur museum. Next to the museum was a small butterfly enclosure where my mom bought me a net for catching bugs. This was particularly memorable for me, because I think that's when I became aware of the time that mom was spending to take me to places, and that she loved me. She took me there several more times in the following years, and it became a "classic" experience for me.
What immediate family member do you closely identify with and why?I identify most with my mother. She grew up in a harsh environment and had to overcome extreme adversity in order to come to America, start a business, and raise three kids on her own. She is sharp, hardworking, goal-oriented, and a highly successful individual. While I can't say that I experienced the same problems growing up, I highly admire her, and want to carry on her legacy. She and I have many similar ideals, beliefs, and goals, and we get along very well.
What character traits do you admire in an individual?I admire those who are ambitious, work hard, and account for their own mistakes and failures. I also admire those who are fair, caring, have good morals, and want to make the world a better place. I believe that people are sometimes discouraged by personal fears and the judgements of other people, and I strongly admire those can overcome such adversities and focus on what's truly important to themselves.
What is the funniest thing ever to happen to you?I remember in 11th grade or so, I started lifting weights, as well as participating in an after-school dance team. To build muscle, I was taking protein powder, but it made me gassy. During one of the ballet sessions, we were going across the floor and practicing leaps (called jetes). When it came to my turn, I exerted too hard and ripped a huge fart as I flew into the air. I landed and posed, and there was just an awkward silence, with a single person letting out a momentary giggle before it became silent again. I never took protein powder again after that.
If time and money were not an issue, where would you travel and why?I would probably want to go to New Zealand. I enjoy fishing in my free time and from what I've read online, New Zealand has some of the most beautiful trout fishing streams in the world. If I could ever find a good chunk of free time, I would love to go fish some of the remote streams and enjoy the wilderness.
When and if you ever have children, what would you like to pass on to them?I would like to first pass down wealth/assets, which would make their lives easier financially. However, more importantly, I would like to pass down my knowledge and life experiences, which I believe are far more valuable in helping them make decisions and judgements. I want to give my children the tools and knowledge to not just succeed professionally/financially, but to be good people who have a positive, uplifting impact on those around them.