Subject: Successful Princeton Applicant
Through all of my accomplishments and disappointments, I have always been especially proud of the dedication and fervor I possess for my personal beliefs and values.
Unfortunately, it has often been difficult for me to remain outwardly firm and confident in a town where most people think alike and reject exceptions.Whenever I have expressed my position as a pro-life advocate, peers have badgered,accused, and ridiculed me for simply believing in something that they scorn.
Despite all the pressure, I never waive red from my belief, yet I became frustrated and began to lose the courage to publicly express my opinion on this controversial topic. To gain some insight and reassurance for myself, I attended the New Jersey Right to Life Convention in the spring of 1995.This experience uplifted me and offered great inspiration and enlightenment.
At the convention I received an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement from wonderful people who advocate the very principles I believe in.This convention was so inspiring that the next day in school I was able to relate my experience to one of my biggest opponents on the subject. Also, the abundant information available at the convention enabled me to defend my position on abortion more effectively.
Attending this convention accomplished two things. It proved my commitment to my belief, in that I took the initiative to strengthen and support my opinion, refusing to give up or lose heart. Unlike many others, I was eager and willing to gain new knowledge so I may successfully promote my belief to others.
In addition, this convention invigorated my confidence to stand up for what I believe in and taught me to never lose the courage of my convictions.
Subject: Teaching Masters
I want to be a teacher because I appreciate the great value ofeducation.
Throughout high school, education was never a top priority forme. Only during the past two years, at college, have I realized theimportance of education. Instead of letting hard subjects discourage me, as they used to, I have learned to turn my frustrations into hard work anddetermination. As a teenager, my social activities consumed my life. My friendswere not motivated to do well in school.
Unfortunately, I followed theirlead. My grades were very low, and I did not even care. As I grew older and lost touch with my old friends,I decided tofocus on my education.
I enrolled in Burlington County College.There, I chose to associate with people who worked hard.My peers at Burlingtonhave influenced me to strive to do the best I can academically. Math has always been a very difficult subject for me. I wouldoften get frustrated doing problems, and would end up throwing down thebook and giving up.
When I got to college, I realized that math wouldinevitably be a part of my life and that I would have to find a way to getthrough it. The motivating environment at college has enabled me to relaxand work through the problems. I now find math to be one of my easiersubjects and I even enjoy its challenging aspects.
My own roller-coaster ride with school has made me want to be ateacher.I have reflected on the factors that made me fail in my earlyyears of education, and I think one major factor was my teachers. Mydisinterest in gradeswas obvious in high school, and all my teachersseemed content with it. I feel that if someone had sat me down andexplained the importance of school, oreven just attempted to makelearning more interesting, I might have become more motivated. As an elementary school teacher, I hope to make learning fun formy students. It is my goal to ease the students’ frustrations as best I can. I would like my students to see me as not only their teacher, but assomeone they can talk to and feel comfortable with.
My experience at college has proved to me that I am capable ofdoing well. Not only do I have the ability to succeed, but I also now havethe confidence. I know how important educationis in all aspects of one’slife, and I want to share that knowledge with others.
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