UT Austin topic A "What was the environment in which you were raised?
This is my essay for the topic A of Applytexas, all kind of help and suggestions are gladly received, :)
Seven years ago, while I was in the living room playing my favorite videogame "Mario Kart'', I could hear how my sister was being scolded. I was very scared by my parent's shouts that I couldn't even imagine how my sister was feeling. It seemed that she had done something really bad. Later that night, I went to my sister's bedroom to make her feel better but she wasn't there. I searched all over the house but didn't found her. My parents started looking for her too, "Roxana! Roxana!", the three of us were yelling out her name but never heard a response. She had run away.
I had never seen a reaction like that in my parent's face; distraught, terrified, the look in their eyes said everything, their world was falling apart and honestly, mine too. They immediately went to the streets expecting it wasn't too late, and ordered me to stay at home. It was almost midnight and they didn't want to lose me too. The dismay that both my mom and dad showed made me realized how much they care about her, and I knew it would be the same for me.
The love from my parents has been fundamental in my growth as a person, it has made me an emotional boy. They have taught me in many ways the importance of family; one night, I was out with my friends and time flew so quickly that I didn't realize how late it was. When I looked in my phone I saw the worst nightmare of all: 15 missed calls from my mom. She and my dad were looking for me all over the neighborhood; and when they found me, obviously, I was grounded. But somehow I was happy, the way they acted was really impressive, I think that was the day when I knew that when they said, ''I'll die for you"", they meant it. They have cared too much about me that now I am someone who always will look after the people I love, that includes my sister, one of the most important persons in my life.
The uneasiness of waiting in my house while my sister was missing out there was unbearable, therefore, I disobeyed my parents and began looking for her on my own. She has been more than a sister my best friend throughout my life. I have never been a "too many friends guy", some people have rejected my friendship just because they think I'm "nerd" and for them that means weird. The few friends I encounter, became my bests friends and that's all I need. Hence, I see my sister more as one of those few best friends, and sometimes, as my second mom. Since she is two years older than me she has helped me to face experiences she has already lived and how to manage them in the best way. She is the responsible of my development as a studious and dedicated person, my premature learning of the multiplication tables at the age of four, my compromise to study before every test; summed up, she is the responsible of my academic success.
When finally I found my sister wandering alone in the streets, I ran to hug her and we both broke down into tears. When we met our parents in the house, they did the same too. Family is the most important thing in my life and I wouldn't be the person I am now without them. The academic dedication from my sister and the compromise from my parents to help other people whenever they can has pushed me to do the thing I most love now: teach outstanding younger kids in mathematics to help them excel in math Olympiads.