Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate - and us - know you better.
Dear future roommate,
It's great to finally meet you!
I have been anxiously waiting for today to arrive. Coming from Malaysia, living overseas will be a new experience for me. For starters, I'll be experiencing the four seasons for the first time. I cannot wait to teach you all about Malaysian lingo. But for now, I'll try to not let my 'lah's and 'lor's slip out.
I'm a generally tidy person, and like positioning my things at right angles. During exams, I may be a bit of a workaholic (aren't we all?) and go completely into study mode. I need my 8 hours and am normally in bed by 11, so I guess I won't be bothering you with late nights of cramming.
Being a huge fan of music, you'll probably find me humming a tune most of the time. I especially enjoy the vocal stylings of Mariah Carey, but also enjoy Beethoven's piano sonatas. If you play an instrument, I'd love nothing more than to make music with you. If not, we can have wild karaoke sessions if you're up for that. Apart from that, I'm also a pretty decent tennis player and am looking for a partner to practise with.
I have an inordinate amount of stationery. I especially love pens that also have a mechanical pencil function. If you need a pen, I'll lend you two - one to use, and the other as a spare. I may be shy at first, but I become an aggressively loyal friend later on.
Tonight, how about we go for a meal together? I believe that people g. If you see me drooling at a picture of curry on my laptop screen, just know that my mind has wandered off to a happy place.
I probably will be Skype-ing with my family to show them the room, and if you don't mind, I'd like to introduce you to them as well. I cannot wait to read your note and meet you in person. Oh, in case you were wondering, I don't snore. I hope we have a great year together!
P.S. Let's eat at somewhere you like.
What matters to you, and why?
A few years back, I was chubby, had unruly hair and was one of the unlucky ones with bad skin. I used to get snide remarks about my appearance. Most of the time, critics are honest about their opinions. Although their words were demoralizing at first, I have learned to take them in a positive light. My experience has taught me that beauty is only skin-deep. When I look around, it is not difficult to find beautiful people who have a completely opposite personality. I realized that a person's character reflects the beauty in his or her heart, and that outward beauty is not indicative of inner beauty.
However, I know that the criticism was meant to make me feel inferior. And yes, I did for a while but I didn't let it bring me down. I started exercising regularly, got better haircuts and took better care of my skin. I saw it as a wake-up call that perhaps I needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle and practise good habits. Although it may sound superficial, I believe that looking presentable goes a long way. Yet, it is always a pleasure to receive constructive criticism from people who have my best interests at heart. They have always guided me and been supportive.
Criticism is ultimately inevitable. It has taught me a lot about myself and the critics themselves. I welcome criticism with open arms as it gives me an opportunity to improve. As I reflect back, I am grateful to all the critics for motivating me to strive for the best and for shaping my moral values. In the end, what matters most to me is having the strength to accept and grow from criticism.
I had a tough time writing the what matters essay. Please be harsh with both of them.