michaelrulaz 2 / 5 Dec 13, 2009 #1Here are the essay prompts, all help is appreciated.1. How has your family history, culture or environment influenced who you are?2. Why did you choose to apply to UCF?My family history has had a major impact on my life. Both my parents were addicted to heroin. And my life has been a rocky road. From being taken away by DCF to witnessing horrific events -- including my dad's death and both my parents overdosing on drugs -- I have gained special perspective on the human experiences of disappointment and sorrow. Without a doubt it has influenced who I am, I will not even consider the use of drugs or alcohol because I do not even want to imagine ending up like either one of them. It has driven me to become the very best I can, never accepting failure and working my hardest in school. I now know that the only way to success is if I make something out of myself. And using my wisdom of my family, I know what not to do. I know not to make the mistakes of my father and stay in school, and I know not to even give in the slightest to the temptation of using drugs. So that I can rise above the tragedy, that was my parents and my early childhood, and create a better life for me. Having this knowledge I know that it will push my studies at UCF, so I can graduate and become a lawyer and help out families just like mine and give back to the community that supported me in my darkest hour.I chose to apply to UCF for multiple reasons; one of those reasons is that that it's been a tradition for me. Going to campus visits and just being amazed by the sheer size of the campus, all the students heading to their classes, the knight's football team and their victories. I want to be a part of something larger, than I am. All the while staying in the state and in the area I love. I want to be able to see my family for every holiday or just because I feel like it. I am not just going to attend UCF; I am going to be a part of UCF. I want to tell my friends and people I meet that I have been to a school that invokes a great tradition in the community. Not to mention that UCF has an amazing academic program, many wonderful clubs that fit my individual interests. Out of all the universities I have looked into UCF offers the most of any university or college that I have looked into, with numerous clubs such as; the knight riders; the gaming club; and the UCF psychology club, just to name a few. These clubs will like minded people, which I will develop lifelong friendships with. UCF will finish my transference to the 'real world" and more than aptly prepare me for my future goals and career.UCF is not just a university to me, it's a lifestyle.