We believe that Rocio’s sense of perseverance will translate to her college experience as well.","_modules_admissions_12_content_0_body":"field_58dd957c14807","modules_admissions_12_content":["body"],"_modules_admissions_12_content":"field_58dd956c14806","modules_admissions_14_tag_text":"","_modules_admissions_14_tag_text":"field_58dd955014803","modules_admissions_14_heading":"","_modules_admissions_14_heading":["field_58dd955614804","field_58dd955614804"],"modules_admissions_14_lead":"Admissions Committee Comments","_modules_admissions_14_lead":"field_58dd955e14805","modules_admissions_14_content_0_body":"Akash does a great job of displaying his academic curiosity by introducing us to his experiences with topics like the periodic table, mathematical symbols, and coding, and how these all came together to lead him toward a passion for medical research.
Rather than simply telling us what he’s interested in, Akash shows us his journey through a variety of academic fields in order to paint a picture of who he is today.","_modules_admissions_14_content_0_body":"field_58dd957c14807","modules_admissions_14_content":["body"],"_modules_admissions_14_content":"field_58dd956c14806","modules_admissions_3_tag_text":"","_modules_admissions_3_tag_text":"field_58dd955014803","modules_admissions_3_heading":"Hear from the Class of 2023","_modules_admissions_3_heading":"field_58dd955614804","modules_admissions_3_lead":"These selections represent just a few examples of essays we found impressive and helpful during the past admissions cycle.","_modules_admissions_3_lead":"field_58dd955e14805","modules_admissions_3_content_0_body":"We hope these essays inspire you as you prepare to compose your own personal statements.
I knew that this was the path forward.\r\n\r\n Of course, this was all easier said than done.
Whenever it was my turn to debate, I found that I was more of a deer in the headlights than a person enjoying the spotlight.
I found I could finally look other people in the eyes when I talked to them without feeling embarrassed.
My posture straightened and I stopped fidgeting around strangers.
I had thirty weeks to teach them the basics of public speaking. I tried my best to blend in and give the impression I was silent by choice.
Gritting my teeth, I split my small group of tutors among the crowd and sat down for an impromptu workshop with the eighth graders. In other words, they reminded me of myself…\r\n\r\n I was born with a speech impediment that weakened my mouth muscles. I joined no clubs in primary school, instead preferring isolation.
When seniors began to ask me for advice and teachers recruited me to teach underclassmen, I discovered not only that I had been heard, but that others wanted to listen.
At heart, I am still reserved (some things never change), but in finding my voice, I found a strength I could only dream of when I stood in silence so many years ago.\r\n\r\n Standing in front of the crowd of students, it was my hope that by founding this program, I could give them an experience that was as empowering as mine had been for me.