UC Prompt #1Describe the world you come from, like family, and relate it to your dreams and aspirations
Success can only be defined in an infinite number of ways. F. Scott Fitzgerald exceptionally portrays Myrtle's interpretation of success through her greediness in The Great Gatsby due to the importance given to financial success surrounding her. In contrast, Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird strives to achieve success through his altruism in a time of prejudice against African Americans. Similarly my interpretation of success has transformed through the various circumstances I have encountered.
Before I was born, my parents had the perfect cookie-cutter life planned out for me. They protected me like bubble-wrap, shielding me from the outside world while trapping me in their ideals. They made sure that education and relationships were the two most important things in the world to me. I soon acclimated to these traditional Indian values, resembling the modest, successful daughter they have always wanted. I also developed an impractical phobia of the sun due to the customary Indian values of possessing fair skin; going so far as to hide behind trees and lurk in shadows. But along with these values, they also made sure to set boundaries; hesitant to let me experience the sorrows and pains of the ominous world. But when the shielding bubbles popped in the beginning of high school, I was pushed head-first into the real world; full of chaos and conflict. As a result, the perfect shape of my life started crumbling.
Discovering to balance my Indian heritage and American surroundings was one of my biggest challenges. Especially while trying to make decisions involving time, trying to balance seizing the day and keeping in mind the future consequences. Due to this, I normally would either go to the extremes, procrastinating, or not leaving the house. As a result, I thought the best solution would be to suppress my Indian background, but eventually I realized that in today's modern society, people are not concerned about where I come from as much as where I am going. Part of my realization was an outcome of Barack Obama's election, which proved society's revolutionizing outlook towards different cultures. Another part of this insight came from my parents, particularly my dad. He grew up with a modest upbringing, but managed to graduate with a P.H.D. and now works as a top engineer in America. He is one of the most respected people I know, and my goals have been shaped around trying to emulate his success by becoming a doctor, one of the hardest and most valued professions.
I also realized, not long ago, that even with society's transforming attitude towards different races, discrimination still exists due to the exterior components of a person. This conclusion has led me to my aspiration to become a dermatologist, the one type of doctor who solely practices to improving external disease rather than internal. I aspire to help people become successful in the world by helping people rid of their scars. I believe people have the right to portray what they want to, and conceal what they don't. Overall, by choosing to be a dermatologist I learned to place one foot in two worlds , obtaining the respect given to doctors from my Indian culture and helping the American society I exist in.
Although my world consists of numerous limits and boundaries, I have crossed them several times, doing the unexpected. But my determination to maintain the respect I get from my parents always lures me back, because in my opinion, this is my definition of success. \