Perhaps the most important influence that has shaped the person I am today is my upbringing in a traditional family-oriented Persian and Zoroastrian culture. My family has been an important source of support in all of the decisions I have made, and Zoroastrianism's three basic tenets-good words, good deeds, and good thoughts-have been my guiding principles in life. Not only do I try to do things for others, but I always push myself to be the best that I can be in all aspects of my life. I saw early the doors and opportunities that a good education can open up; thus, I particularly tried hard to do well in school.
Another important experience that has had a large influence on me the past few years has been college. Going from high school to college was a significant change. College required a major overhaul of my time-management techniques as the number of things to do mushroomed. In high school, I was in the honors program, with the same cohort of students in all my classes. Thus, I was exposed little to people very different from myself. College, on the other hand, is full of diversity. I have people of all backgrounds and abilities in my classes, and I have been fortunate enough to meet quite a few of them. This experience has made me more tolerant of differences. Furthermore, a variety of classes such as the Humanities Core Course, in which we specifically studied differences in race, gender, and belief systems, have liberalized my world view.
My undergraduate research has occupied a large portion of my time in college. Along with this experience have come knowledge and skills that could never be gained in the classroom. I have gained a better appreciation for the medical discoverers and discoveries of the past and the years of frustration endured and satisfaction enjoyed by scientists. I have also learned to deal better with the disappointments and frustrations that result when things do not always go as one expects them to. My research experience was also important to me in that it broadened my view of the medical field. Research permitted me to meet a few medical doctors who have clinical practices and yet are able to conduct research at the university. This has made me seriously consider combining research with a clinical practice in my own career.
From my earliest memories, I can always remember being interested in meteorology. I believe that this interest sparked my love for the outdoors, while my interest in medicine molded my desire for healthy living. As a result of these two influences, I try to follow an active exercise routine taking place mostly in the outdoors. I enjoy running and mountain biking in the local hills and mountains, along with hiking and backpacking. All of these activities have made me concerned about the environment and my place in it.Show Full Article
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Firstly, why I’m special is because I’m a gift of god. I’m special in the way I am and look. I go to a good school and enjoy it. I get a lot of homework every day but I cope even though it’s difficult. Sports is also very special to me. It relaxes me and I enjoy playing soccer. Every Wednesday I stay at school to extra lessons to help me along. I also grow up in a Christian home. I attend church and Sunday school every week. What makes me special is because I enjoy everything I do and love my parents and my brother very much. The whole family is very close and I love playing with my cousins. To me it is important to talk and play with other children and races. To know their ways and cultures are also important because I go to school with different races. I also like to share like when some of my friends at school don’t have bread then I’ll share with them. My parents also make potjie kos and invite all the children in the road for a plate of food. What is also special for me is that I’m allowed children into my home and play on my computer as they don’t have. It really makes me feel good to see them happy. So to me I am special in God’s eyes.