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"one should not judge a book by its cover" - rutgers community

haseebur95 1 / -  
Nov 1, 2011   #1
question: Rutgers University is a vibrant community of people with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. How would you benefit from and contribute to such an environment? Consider variables such as your talents, travels, leadership activities, volunteer services, and cultural experiences.

It had just rained, looking down I see the foliage and immediately wonder were life has brought me. As I climb out of the hole reality has kept me in I notice a rainbow and how it looked so beautiful all those colors how they fit so perfectly.

Communities are truly complete when they have a rainbow of cultures shining over them. Throughout my life I have learned that the mere presence of diversity within cultures is not enough. These cultures must coexist and share their fascinating rituals, history, traditions, delicious cuisines, and stimulating religions My parents are of Pakistani descendent, I am the second of four children and the only son. My parents had to work hard to give my sisters and I the life that they never had. When my cousin came from Pakistan, she could not speak a word of English. When she started elementary school at my school I was embarrassed to even be seen next to her. She did not know how to dress talk or even how to order lunch. People would ask me "Are you related toy her?" I would answer, " Yea, but we are just relatives nothing close", but in fact we were I was her first cousin. But I was too ashamed to walk the halls with her, to help her out even though I knew the tough time she was going through. One day as I was walking to class I heard some of my classmates making fun of her accent and her clothes, I do not know what happened I just immediately went up to them and told them to back off. From that moment I realized I had to stop pretending who I was, I am Pakistani-American and I am proud of it. My other classmates started to ask me questions about my culture they were interested, if I did not know the answer I would go ask my parents. Eventually my parents had enrolled me and my sisters in Sunday school.

In my freshmen year of high school I joined the multicultural club. I could not forget where I came from, I may have been born here but I truly am a Pakistani. In this club there were kids from all over the world. With our diverse backgrounds we came together to show everybody where we were from. I had learned so much from there I will never forget the experience or where I come from. I also started to volunteer at a local mosque by helping clean, and help the mosque running in an orderly fashion. I am very involved in my school as well as in my community. In my community I volunteer at St. Clare's Hospital, I have been an active volunteer since freshman year of high school.

To Rutgers, I will bring my knowledge of diversity that I have learned through my volunteer experiences, an attitude of acceptance, as well as a determination to succeed that will, hopefully, affect others. The most important lesson I have learned in my life that I will share at Rutgers is "one should not judge a book by its cover". No matter where one is from or how they speak, act, or dress it does not matter that person is still apart of the rainbow.
vinhstuh 2 / 5  
Nov 2, 2011   #2
The prompt asks you what you bring to Rutgers. You didn't really explain what you bring until the last paragraph, try and incorporate it more throughout the entire essay! Other then that it is very well written!

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