Essay Questions

What is your most memorable childhood experience?My most memorable childhood experience would have to be when I was backpacking in the Sierras while in Boy Scouts. We had a rest day on a 7-day trip and decided to go swimming. The only spot next to us was a river with a strong current. Just up from our camping spot we found a massive, downed tree that we thought would make a perfect boat to take down the stream. After several hours of hard work, my 5 friends and I were able to push it into the river for its initial journey. It did not go as we hoped, but exactly as one would expect. We struggled to stay aboard our shaky raft and 4 of us fell off and swam hard to fight the rapids of the river. One friend managed to stay on and took it further down the river while shouting quotes from Titanic.
What immediate family member do you closely identify with and why?I identify most with my uncle. I think my parents made a good decision when they named me after him as we are very much alike. He has a strong work ethic like me but loves to say outrageous things at the dinner table and constantly joke around. He never needs to drink to be the life of the party and always has energy.
What character traits do you admire in an individual?I admire work ethic, humor, and humility.
What is the funniest thing ever to happen to you?I was a new freshman on my high school's track and field team. I knew I was not going to be good at distance running but I thought I'd be able to hold my own in the sprints. Out of the several sprint coaches, the one I connected with the most was the hurdles coach, who pushed me into his event. After two days of training on the hurdles at a low height, I was thrown into my first 110m hurdle race at our teams first meet. You may already know where this is going, I ate it, ate it hard, in front of my entire team as a nervous freshman. The 110m hurdles are incredibly high and were tough to jump over with so little experience. It was a funny, humiliating experience, and could be a popular internet video if someone happened to be filming, but it did make me want to try harder at the sport.
If time and money were not an issue, where would you travel and why?I would love to visit Maui. It is relaxing and has some of the best windsurfing in the world. It is a great switch from where I’m living now. Also, I would travel back to Nepal, it is beautiful there and helps me appreciate what I have in my life.
When and if you ever have children, what would you like to pass on to them?I think passing a family business on to my children would be great. It would teach them about business, working hard, and give them something to get excited about. Additionally, I would like to teach my kids how to surf at a young age, as it would give them a fun way to stay in shape and teach them to be courageous by falling and getting right back up.