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College Admissions Essay: My Personal Challenge

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My Personal Challenge


The personal challenge that I faced mainly dealt with my health. Ever since I was child, I was very sick physically. The doctor recommended that I not play or participate in any type of sports because of my poor health. This led to a lack of confidence in myself to perform my best. I have always thought that there was a barrier somewhere in my life, and I could not pass that barrier because if I did then my life would certainly be in ruins. I was raised with the philosophies of the Chinese. I was told that no one could perform many tasks at once and be successful. Ever since, I always have an image that if I participated in activities at school then I ...view middle of the document...

" I always go by this simple principle and this is what keeps me going on even today.


Then I tried outdoor track and found myself struggling and being the slowest person in school. I did not ran any race during the meet for that entire year. I was angry at myself for the year. I told myself, "If others can do it, then you can too." Throughout my life, I have always tried to challenge myself by trying to succeed. I always have set high standards in myself. I would never let myself be ranked low among others whether it is school work or anything else. At first, I thought that something would have to be sacrificed because it is nature's law to make man not perfect. No one can do well in more than one thing and that is what I believed for the first half of my life. That philosophy however had been shattered by a girl who I met while running for the track team. She was the most perfect girl I have ever met in my life. She was valedictorian of the class of '96 and an outstanding athlete. She opened the gateway to another world for me. I told myself, "If she can do it, then I can certainly do it also." From then on, I realized that there is no limit to what a human can do if they put their mind to it. This opened...

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