/ "What do you want to become in the future?" Anything but Engineering
Hi! This is my Common Essay. Please please please look through it and any suggestions/comments/criticisms are welcomed.
(The one I posted in my last thread was totally out of the topic so I wrote a completely different one...I think this new essay is kind of unrelated to that one so I started a new thread. Hopefully it is okay :p)Prompt: Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
"What do you want to become in the future?" As expected, I found the expression of understanding in my parents' eyes after they heard my answer. Although both of my parents majored in Engineering, I am totally obsessed in something that is completely different from their field. The first thing that came to mind was Health Care and/or a teacher, both in which consider helping others. A stranger might feel that this is weird because I am not following my parents' footsteps, but my parents were not surprised at all. It is my family who inspired my preferences.
I was born in a very typical Chinese family. My parents' are just ordinary people who took common positions after graduating from some unknown universities. What is not typical or common is that unlike most Chinese parents', my parents' have never pressured me in doing something I don't want or to become someone I'm not, nor do they ever try to influence my own interests. As a result, the things that I have an interests for varies a lot since my childhood, but none of them eventually became my aspiration.
After the first time the question, "what is truly my dream", burst upon me, I went to ask my parents what their goals were when they were young. When they both answered flatly that it was to be a person that is valuable to society, I did not understand what they really meant by that. For me, a dream has to include something very splendid - at least mine at that time was to win a Nobel price. But as I grew up, I witnessed my parents' long working hours and still live a happy and positive life, and also how proud and happy they were to be able to help their colleagues and neighbors when problems occurred. As time went by, I even remember my father being awarded due to his contributions, and my mother who became elite in her company and received her MBA degree abroad.
What I learned from my parents' attitude towards life is to love your family, always be ready to help others and have an optimistic attitude. The pride they have towards every project they have done is being responsible and confident about their work, the same we should all have. Even my Chinese name, which was given by my parents', has such a modest meaning, "like water." It was derived from a Chinese old saying, "The best of man is like water, which benefits all things but strives for nothing."
All of these behaviors and accomplishments really influenced my personality without even noticing. Being aware of your dream is something that should reflect on what benefits you can make for other people, and no matter how big the dream is it has to be achieved gradually step by step. I realized that the fulfillment I gain by giving other people a hand and doing volunteer work is something that makes me extremely happy and content. In the depth of my heart, my dream has slowly changed from being a scientist into being someone who contributes to his or her community in any way, shape or form.
Though I am just an ordinary girl who comes from an ordinary Chinese family, I am always proud of the advice and the life my parents' have given me. Whatever I become in the future I just want to make sure I give back to this world for what it has given to me. My ideal might sound simple, but it is what supports me in being the person I am today.