Gender and Women’s Studies is a field that I would like to pursue. Gender equality and women empowerment are things that I consider to be of great importance, especially since there’s still a gender gap even in the 21st century. I greatly admire my mother who is very supportive of me, and my many experiences in volunteer work and other group participations have shown me that women are capable of making important contributions in our society. As such, I would like to be instrumental in some way in the elimination of this gender gap.
Needless to say, the freedom of expression and speech are some of the things that I value, that’s why I believe that the liberal environment in California is conducive for me. I have great appreciation and respect for creativity and I love interacting with different people. As such, I am sure that I will have an enjoyable time at the liberal UC campus such as at Berkeley.
I have found that humor links people to others on social media platforms like Facebook, and this power of humor is one of my biggest curiosities. Humor plays a big role in finding that connection with fellow students regardless of their backgrounds. I also admire Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, who makes it easier for people to connect on a global scale.
Music is another of my passions. I have often listened to American music, which has allowed me to express myself during adolescence. This has led me to start playing the drums, which I began to like after I came to America. I often practice at studios and have been playing for six years now. I also used to play the piano when I was a child, and I still play it at home whenever I visit my country. As well, I usually watch concerts in San Francisco.
In the spring semester of 2011, I joined a club, the Alpha Gamma Sigma or AGS of the California Community College Scholastic Honor Society. It strived to recognize, maintain, and promote scholastic achievement. AGS, as a service-oriented organization, gave students the opportunity to serve the Contra Costa community, which was a great experience. In particular, I believe that developing a service record would pay dividends in the future and at the same time, the experience allowed me to meet other students. I actually made a couple of friends through the activity, and I still hang out with them at times. As an international student, I spent a lot of time with students of other nationalities and this has increased both my tolerance and my knowledge of people who are different from me.
I have fulfilled the requirements for admission to the spring semester and am proud of this. I am also proud of the work that I did at the library quad of Diablo Valley College on Transfer Day (October 30th, 2012) where I gathered signboards to guide visitors back when the event finished and where I checked every restroom to ensure that there were no dangerous items in the washrooms that the visitors used.
Several regrettable things have happened to my family, but my family has survived because of my father. He has left enough money for me to attend school in the United States and I am immensely thankful to him for it. With my mother’s high expectations of me, I know that I am responsible for my own performance and also for their well being. Because of this, I am motivated to work hard and excel, both personally and academically.
Some of the difficulties I’ve had to overcome were my skin problems and allergies, which included eczema, and which became very problematic during my late teenage years. I also suffered from alimentary allergy on my 18th year, which prevented me from eating aloe, buckwheat noodles, and sesame. It became so severe that I could not eat even onion and rice.
Also, I have been suffering from acute acne since the age of twelve. The presence of acne was particularly concentrated on my face, so I experimented with many medicines. I was born with a healthy body, but my health deteriorated enough to prevent me from attending school due to severe body chills, nausea, and ataxia. It happened because of severe stress, mental pressure, and the lack of self-confidence during high school. Due to the acne I had in high school, I was a pessimist and was a completely different person from what I am today.
Even in America, the skin problem still bothered me, and I was unable to concentrate on studying in the first few semesters. Then I came across Dr. Neal's acne Practice' in America, which helped me a lot. Although I had to change my eating habits, the absence of nutritive food options drove me to begin consuming supplements to fulfill my dietary needs. The decision to take these supplements turned out to be a good choice as my condition has considerably improved with every passing year.
Moreover, despite the things that have happened, I never lost the habit of exercising. During high school, I used to run two kilometers every day to maintain my health. Whenever I had extra time, I also played tennis with my friends.
Armed with a more optimistic attitude, I have become a great believer of the scientific point of view. It is my belief that science plays a predominant role in my life and I am extremely proud of this fact.