Write a personal essay for your About Page that analyzes the ways in which a particular experience or
series of experiences contributed to your present interest in, understanding of, or attitude toward life. The
essay should move beyond a mere recounting of events, but instead should analyze how an experience has
shaped your identity.
It's important to find a focus that will anchor your narrative. You may want to think ahead to how you
want to use your portfolio:
Focus on a moment of enlightenment: an event that helped you see some truth about yourself,
your family, or the world for the first time.
Focus on a moment of confrontation with the unknown or with people or situations that tested
your values or challenged your identity in some way.
Focus on a situation where you found yourself included in or excluded from a particular group or
Focus on a moment of conflict between your own experience and conventional wisdom: doing
something that couldn't be done, failing or struggling with something described as easy, finding
value in something rejected by society.
Don't just stick to your basic credentials, degree and studies. Share some transparency; something
unusual that explains how you made it here. Keep it concise and appropriate, make it honest, and tell a
good story. Conclude by answering the question, how has this experience shaped your present interests
People who affect our lives are the ones that create who we are and who we become. My
grandpa was a person who influenced and enriched my life. My grandfather always used say to
me: “if you want a respect from people, first you must respect yourself and others”. His motto
was always present with me. My grandfather had to work hard all his life and had never chance
to go school. For this reason, he always pointed out to me the importance of an education and
opportunities for it. He was also a heavy smoker and had a lung cancer. To honor my grandpa, I
was determined to pursue my education in the medical field and make a difference. The choice
of my study was respiratory therapy to better understand pathology of diseases affecting lungs
and learn about effects of smoking.
I was born and raised in Italy. I moved to the United States after finishing a high school. I came
to this country to find better educational opportunities. Living in a new country on my own
thought me an independence, confidence and determination. I faced many challenges and
managed to overcome them. The biggest barrier was a language barrier and not understanding
words. I learned a language. I had to grew up quickly, learn a new language and adapt to an
unfamiliar environment. The experience living in the foreign country shaped me as a person
who am today- strong and independent.
I have dreams and goals that I am determined to make happen. On the surface, I think I am very
determined person pursuing my goals. As my grandpa thought me, I treat people with respect.
I am diligent, I have effective communication skills, strong work ethics and desire to learn. I am
ready to face new challenges and embrace them. I am always excited to start a new pathway in
my life. As a respiratory therapist, I look forward to work hard and positively impact the lives of
the patients in the future.
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