Describe and evaluate one experience that significantly influenced your academic interests. The experience might be a class, a job, a relationship, an extracurricular activity, or a profound event. Be sure to explain how this experience led to your setting the goals you have now for yourself, and why you think your chosen academic program(s) will help you to reach those goals. (500 word limit)
During my sophomore year of high school, I participated in a student global issue conference named Zooming out for a global view at Texas A&M. The conference delivered information about current global issues and possible solutions for them. Not only did I present my project, but participants were also allowed to view the universities student's presentations about their own global issues and solutions. In each conference they spoke about diverse issues currently affecting not only the human population, but our environments as a whole. As I sat attentively hearing the presentations, I was shocked about the very urgent crises that no one really bothers to speak out and fight for, due to society never focusing on these critical issues and much rather turn their attention in social media towards celebrities and fashion. In one presentation, one of the college students spoke about water conservation being a very critical global effect for all humankind due to the incredibly small percentage of freshwater we have on earth and our lack of conservation for it. When the conference finished, I was so amazed by how many issues affect not only the human population, but earth as a whole and the lack of importance and unawareness it has on others. Also hearing that students even went to third world countries to make a change in their desired pathway motivated me so much to make a change for not only the world, but myself. Helping others and making a change in the world has always been one of my greatest aspirations in life. I believe that from those aspirations, I have the ability to reach other goals I have set out for myself in such by being successful, graduating from college, and overall being happy with not only my career, but my life. I believe my chosen academic programs will allow me to reach my goals by helping me mold myself into the person I want to become. Gaining more knowledge in my desired pathways can allow me to be successful, learn how to help others, make a change and allow me to help the world. Even if it's a small change that I can make, a change has to start from somewhere. I believe the liberal arts program at the University of Texas at Austin will allow me to go beyond my goals and strive for whatever I desire.