critique? be brutal please.
- 1. The Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame, said in his Inaugural Address that, "If we are afraid to be different from the world, how can we make a difference in the world?" In what way do you feel you are different from your peers, and how will this shape your contribution to the Notre Dame community?
Judging eyes pierced my face as people wondered how anyone could leave his or her house with those things on in this fashion age. I had just bought a pair of glasses that covered half my face, and with confidence, I pushed up my over-sized spectacles perched atop my nose. With debasing comments, I wore them again the next day. And the next day and the next. People asked me why I wore those "things." I simply replied to them, "Because they're different." They stood out in a crowd. Even though people mocked me with condescending criticism, I did not care because these glasses were unique; they stood out.
People stereotype me as a typical Asian who gets the grades and scores because of my ethnicity rather than the hours slaved away at my desk instead of sleeping. And because I am one out of the multitude of Asians at my school, classmates, teachers, and even friends get me mixed up with other Asian girls. I abhor when people do this because I want my personality to define who I am, not my physical appearances.
Just like when I am wearing those glasses, I am not afraid to be different. My determination to be the best at everything I do and determination to be different-my own unique person-is something that I will carry with me to Notre Dame. Bringing in a fresh and unique perspective along with diversity, something that Notre Dame values, I know that my qualities and personality will bring a solid foundation to clubs and classes I will participate in. I wore the glasses because I wanted to be myself, and with that confidence, I will break free of the stereotypes placed on me and become a unparalleled contribution to not only Notre Dame, but anywhere I go.