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I wouldn't make my mom cry again / Johns Hopkins SUp/ something you couldn't tell us


DDDDISSSSSCO 5 / 21  
Dec 23, 2012   #1
1. Tell us something about yourself or your interests that we wouldn't learn by looking at the rest of your application materials. (While you should still pay attention to sentence structure and grammar, your response is meant as a way for us to get to know you, rather than a formal essay.)

I suffered from ADHD when I was small. When I grabbed a book, I could only read the first page and did something else. Until 5th grade, my father always told me, "DongWook, please concentrate on reading for an hour. I don't expect much else." Of course, I could not do so.

When I was in fifth grade, I took a math test in my school. The test was simply solving 100 problems in one minute. However, I solved barely over 20, and my teacher sent a note to my parents saying, "Your child has serious deficiencies in mathematics and concentration."

That night, I overheard my mother sob as my father translated the note to her. Tears dropped from my eyes. I promised myself, never in my life I will make her cry again. So the next day, I sat on my desk, pulled out a sheet of paper, and wrote down 100 questions. I switched my watch to timing mode, gave myself a minute, picked up my pencil and finally began. Two times four is eight. Eight times two is sixteen... Wait what happened to Frodo and Sam? Right, the volcano. Focus! I still had trouble, but after series of practice, I finished in time.

I gained a confidence that I could increase my attention span. So, I started to time myself for reading and studying, and eventually got rid of the ADHD symptoms.
Jennyflower81 - / 690 96  
Dec 23, 2012   #2
When I grabbed a book, I could only read the first page and did something else.
This might sound better: "Every time I tried to read a book, I'd lose interest after the first page, and go do something else."

When I was in fifth grade, I took a math test in myat school.

The test was simply solving 100 problems in one minute.

Or, you could say it like this: "It was a simple test that required us to solve 100 math problems in one minute."

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I still had trouble, but after series of many practice rounds , I finished in time.

I gained a confidence that I couldin my ability to increase my attention span.

So, I started to time myself for reading and studying, and eventually got rid of the ADHD symptoms.overcame the burden of ADHD.

You need one more sentence at the end of this. Something like, "I was able to build my knowledge by discovering the right method for my unique way of learning."
OP DDDDISSSSSCO 5 / 21  
Dec 23, 2012   #3
Hi Jenny. Thank you for helping!
How is the content?
OP DDDDISSSSSCO 5 / 21  
Dec 23, 2012   #4
1. Johns Hopkins offers 50 majors across the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. On this application, we ask you to identify one or two that you might like to pursue here. Why did you choose the way you did? If you are undecided, why didn't you choose? (If any past courses or academic experiences influenced your decision, you may include them in your essay.)

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I have always wondered, Why did that restaurant close down? Why did I choose a new shoe than a new shirt? I tried to explain with common sense: Well that restaurant could not keep up with the wages and necessary fees. I only have one pair of shoes, which is ripping apart. But I always wanted to know the answers specifically, with precise terminologies. Luckily, AP economics provided the answers for me.

After AP Economics, I started to view the world with a different eye. Before when I saw inflation occurring, I thought, Again? When will the economy ever flourish and allow people to buy at cheaper prices? But after learning about inflations, I realized inflations signaled economic growth rather than a downfall.

Economics seemed to explain every phenomenon in the world. Interest rates, taxes, and even daily life consumptions. Then I thought, If the world can be explained so easily with the basic concepts, why is the world like this? Things did not seem correct.

I soon realized there were many concepts that did not occur as predicted by economical concepts. That's when I thought, if I am going to live in this world, I should at least know the flaws very well. People say 'know your enemies.' And that's what I hope to do in Johns Hopkins's economic department.


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