Hello, I'm an international student, applying to Stanford. So this is my personal essay. Deadline is Nov 1. Is it too wordy? Please give me feedback and ideas to improve it. I will really appreciate your help. Thank youTravelling back to my past
The philosophy professor, G.Lhagva, was discussing about the philosophy of self. "For Socrates, the goal of one's life is to know Thyself" , the professor started, "Lao Tzu says 'Knowing others is wisdom. Knowing the self is enlightenment ; so, who are you? " and then he stopped for a few minutes. Those few minutes enabled me to travel back to the major incidents I had come across in my life that changed my view of life and shaped me into who I am today.
At the age of four, I attended the National Dance Academy of Mongolia and later participated in a national competition. The competition required intense dance routines and hours of practice, a difficult task for anyone of my age. I was exhausted but learned the basis for everything worthwhile I will achieve in life. Hardwork. "You scored eight from the judges while the other girl scored nine. You turned to me to ask why the other girl was better than you were. Then you went to rehearse more, telling me you can be better than any other participants" , my mother often tells me. Now that I think about it, the competition became my foundation of doing anything with hardwork.
I went to Singapore to study when I was eleven. Living alone in a foreign country was a big challenge for me. As I was very dependent on my parents, I had to learn to do things by myself and to adapt to the new environment. In addition, I was the worst student in my class because of lack of fluency in the english language. Disappointed, ashemed, and lonely. But those times helped me understand how precious my family and friends were to me. By recognizing what to be grateful for, aknowledging them, and appreciating them, I was strenthened to be patient and overcome obstacles. There were times when I got sick but with no one to take care for me. There were times I had no money that I had to rely only on water all day. Nevertheless, I did not lose hope and studied harder. I am so grateful for the lessons those struggling days gave me.
Three reflective years late, I finally flew back to my hometown, Mongolia. I did not pay much attention to the society around me before I went to Singapore: the dominating poverty, pollution, and numerous homeless children on the streets. Well, I am not trying to degrade my country. I have always been glad to be born in a country with amazing history and nature. "So why are we in this state?" , I asked myself. This question turned on a light in my mind. YES. I wanted to contribute to the world and become someone who could make changes to society.
I often watched parliament's assembly, learned about government and political system as much as I could. I took part in debates to learn to express myself and evaluate the thoughts of others. Occasionally, my grandfather, historian and former politician, would tell me unwritten history of Mongolia and the struggles of the society he has lived through. My passion for political science grew bigger day by day.
During the summer of 2013, my beloved little brother went through surgery for Cerebral Palsy. Both of his legs were in casts for three months, he could not walk or move around. Doctors said that he would have to get the same surgery once in every ten years. Despite his pain, he worried about the concerns he might be giving to the family. I gave him hope and promised that I will study hard and pay for his surgery bills after ten years.
I might be lacking in many ways, but I have stable reasons and "why" to lead me through anything that happens in life. I want to do my best to create a caring society. I want to make my parents proud... (647words)