The whole question: Please tell us more about yourself. Is there any additional information you would like EOP to consider in determining your admission to the program?
trapped inside of the jack in a box
We are all unique in some way, but what makes me unique from other people is not that I am the captain of an athletic team, or that I have run for office in the school. What makes me different is that I am a positive person. In tough situations, I tend to always have a smile on my face even if it is fake because I don't like to put myself down or let myself give up.
When I first moved to the USA. I was bullied at my elementary school. I remember my bullies used to make fun of how I ran, and how I talked. This led me to think that I was a weakling and that I couldn't take a stand for myself. I didn't think that a new place would be so unwelcoming and when I saw all of this negativity around me, I hid myself like a jack in the box, but the difference was that the handle was broken. I used to put a fake smile on my face and act like as if I was the happiest person alive and had nothing to worry about in life. I let negativity take over me.
Eventually, I was tired of being trapped in the inside of the jack in a box. I wanted to figure out a way to be able to spring out again. I knew from the inside that I was not the person that I was displaying I was a whole different person.
My first step was to share my opinion in class regardless of having the fear that my classmates might disagree with me. I also started to answer questions even when I had the doubt that I might be wrong. By doing this I gained confidence in myself. I felt like a seed that had just been planted and was now going to blossom into a beautiful flower. From then and there, I never wanted to feel like a weakling again. I was able to turn my negativity into positivity and flip my world upside down.