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Lee, Chu - 12-1 AVID 12 Period 1

9/16/18

UC Application Prep - Personal Essay Questions

1. What would you say about your greatest talent and skill? Have you developed and

demonstrate that talent over time?

My greatest skill is personal managing my times on my education and works. I have demonstrated my skill over time because it was hard for me to achieve my daily goal and not to procrastinate my work and turn them in on time. It was complicated for me to achieve this skill to be my everyday routine because the atmosphere that I am in causes me to learn harder and study quietly. My atmosphere was different from school because I had a big family and as a Hmong American woman in my family I have to complete my housework before education. Besides that, I help my parents at the farm and help them give themselves some money from the produces. But as I get older, I slowly starting to realize that I can help my parents more if I continue my education. To develop my skill is by going to Merced College and study in the library. My skill was a demonstration for my younger siblings because when they have a good role model, they could help them start a better chance to start as a student. But as a middle child's in my family, I want to achieve great responsibilities for myself and to become someone role model of being responsible, helpful and faces my challenges. With this skill, I was able to become a hard working person, responsible, and setting up my plans before the deadline. This skill also helps me become more confident in what I am doing and being the first one in my family to apply for the UC's. Being confident can make me more strong in what I am doing and be a better person that can stand my ground. Being the first one to apply in my family for the University make me faces new events and challenging. I was able to become better in what I use to be and improving my learning so I can go further into my learning. With the amount of learning that I can carry on into colleges, I feel confident in what I am doing because with the education that I learn, I can be able to share it with my younger siblings and help my parents.

2. Describe the most significant challenge you've faced and the steps you have taken to

overcome this challenge. How has the challenge affected your academic achievement?

The most significant challenge that I have faced was to communicate and asking for help to complete my point of confusion. To overcome this challenge, I focus on the subject that I have the most trouble on and went to class to ask for questions and for explanation on assessments. I never wanted to ask or communicate because I was afraid I could be the complicated on in my class because it was hard for me to learn. The confusion that I was having and not speaking up make me the quiet students that can not learn, but what motivated me was my grades because when I know that my grades is bad I

start pushing myself and to study more. By looking at my grades, I can not see myself walking in my gown during graduation so I step slowly to focus on my assignment and bring up my grades. It shows me a big sign to focus on and be responsible for myself instead of waiting for others. To faces my challenge, I know that I could sink my grades easily but I can bring it up if I put in more efforts. The reason was that I was shy to communicate, afraid to speak because I can not speak English fluently with confidence. But slowly I was able to stay after class and ask for help steps by steps. Asking questions that I did not understand, or just communicate with my teachers. It was hard for me to see me failing my grades, but it excites me when my grades go up. I was tough to go to all my class subject to ask for help because I am not the only students that needed help. By using my time wisely I stay after class and ask my classmate for help before going to my teacher because my classmates and friends can help me explain my confusion. This challenge affected my academic achievement very high because I have improved in all my class and being more confident in what I am doing. It helps me figure out myself, believe in myself. The way I speak English was not fluently but understandable, which I always thought that even though I was not born in the United State I do not have to be afraid of speak other languages. By improving my challenge I become more wanted to further my education and learn more as I go on to Colleges because I could experience new things.

3. Think about an academic subject that inspire you furthers this interest, inside or outside classroom?

An academic subject that inspires me the most is Art. This subject means to me as a really creative, calm and passion for others including myself. Art inspires me the most because growing up my parents wanted me to be a doctor, nurses, or something related to the law. But it does not fit me because what I like to do is holding a brush with colorful colors and being creative on a piece of paper. This subject is inspiring for me because Art does not have to be just an imagination or drawing of lines. Art could be a message, colors, and dots into many arts. Art shows me who I am because with the creative ideas I put into it create a piece and a new artwork that was created from my hands and is a patient technique. As growing up, I always draw but it will never be a complete artwork because I was never patient enough to fix or to complete it. But growing up and being part of the Art class, it was part of my grades, and part of me. This helps me find myself by making me find where I am because with the creatively that I put into my Art I was able to slowly find myself. What I really like to do is further into my education because I can send message or creative story of my own experiences to the younger students. But before I thought it was just a grade and project but it really got me into designing my own art. As a High Senior student, I want to further my education with Art because I like creating my own art and using my own techniques. Such as mixing paints, steps to draw faces and the kind of details to add to make the art realistic. Art is a part of me because it makes me become more patient, calm and help me relax my mind. Creating my own art that is inside me help me gain more learning of how creative Art can be as I get deeper into my Art major on animation and fine art. With Art, it helps me make friends, becoming more creative about my thinking and helping me become more responsible for myself. When I use Art outdoor, I think Art is a technique on how organized, setting up an object and designing my own place. Such as giving my the ideas of how building, store, and objects that I see everyday is setting up.

4. Beyond what has already share in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?

Becoming a student who is at the University and reaching her goals is a dream come true. I am the first child who will be attending at a University of California, and it was hard for me to think that I stand out to be here because of the discouraging that was given from my older siblings. Their opinions are different from mine because they think that education are all the same, and I was discouraged from going to College because I never feel confident in myself because I learn that every person have their own dream of what they want to become and telling myself I can be stronger over time. I know that I can achieve something great if I continue my learning. But I encourage myself that I am a strong candidate because all the work I have put in to bring up my grades and facing all my challenges to help me overcome my fears. I never give up on myself, focus on my goals and I see myself with good education to meets the new world with a new environment. As a Hmong American woman going to University is big dream for my parents because when coming to the United States they never have a chance to go school. What stands out in myself as a strong candidate is seeing myself struggling through my childhood year, and knowing that when I grow up I can better myself with education. All the experiences that I had in my family, I want to be the first one to improve my education further and brings some goods to my parents. So with this opportunities, I was to bring my education further so I can help myself reaches my goals and help my parents financially with all the work they put in for me. For example, spending money on my school trip, touring around other colleges, buying clothes for me, and giving me money to save up to go places that I want. I want to repay their ways of helping me even though they have no education. I want to be the girl in the family that further her education to bring education to her family and become a good role model.

Make more boxes if desired, but four are the requirement.