TFleet13 2 / 3 Oct 18, 2012 #1Michigan State University recognizes that an assortment of interests, viewpoints, and life experiences are important in student learning and enhance the university community. Describe an experience, passion, or characteristic that illustrates what you would contribute to the MSU community and how this will add to the overall richness of campus life.If my friends and family were asked how to describe me, they would most likely point out my determination and positive work ethic in the classroom and on the field. There has been one vivid experience in my high school career that has not only tested my determination and work ethic, but also my morale. In my sophomore year, I was diagnosed with a severe case of mononucleosis. This disease caused me to miss school very often throughout the entire year and really hindered my normally positive work ethic and determination. Mono made me miss many of my assignments and I even risked the possibility of failing several classes. Some would give up when faced with this kind of adversity, but I remained adamant to make the best out of this situation. I frequently got in touch with my teachers via email and had they send me my missed assignments, I also became heavily reliant on my peers to help me with my missed work. Through all this work, I was able to salvage B's and C's on my report card. Although several C's on a report card may not seem like adequate grades to most colleges, I viewed these grades as a moral victory that showcased just how hard I worked to overcome this illness. I believe that I would thrive at Michigan State University because I possess many qualities that are neccessary in becoming a successful student. Michigan State would not only be able to heighten my intellectual ability, but also be able to teach necessary social skills and traits that are essential in today's workforce. With a campus this diverse, I would have the opportunity to befriend and meet people from all corners of the world and work with people who share totally different beliefs and traditions than me. To Michigan State, I will bring with me the belief that hard-work is essential for developing moral character. I plan on having this attitude not only influence others, but also rub off on them too. These traits such as determination and perseverance would not only allow me to contribute to the student body of Michigan State, but also excel as a student.Please be as harsh as possible if you could!