“Are there any significant experiences you have had, or accomplishments you have realized that have helped to define you as a person?”
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”- Kelly Clarkson When I was still a kid, I used to feel insecure and unloved. Having a big sister who’s always in the spotlight, winning several competitions and quiz bees, it was really hard to garner my parents’ attention. I was always the little girl in the sidelines- the envious little girl who’s always being ignored and compared to. However, all those sad and negative feelings didn’t hinder me from seeking my parents’ attention and in becoming their pride and joy as well. Instead, those feelings have become my pillars of strength- my motivation in urging me to excel in my studies and achieve many awards like my sister, just so I can see my parents beam at me with happiness and pride. Indeed. I strived hard to reach that goal and it has become my mindset ever since, that if I top my class and win contests, my parents will be proud of me. Hence, I studied hard and prayed harder. Instead of playing outdoors just like what normal children would do, I stayed indoors most of the time, studying and reviewing. Sure enough, my tedious study and hard work paid off. Little by little, I was being exposed to the limelight. My grades glistened in my report cards and I started to compete in various contests in Math, Science and English. I was so determined and eager to excel, therefore, I always end up being the triumphant soul in every competition. I was still in elementary back then, and yet, I have already prevailed in several competitions, raced in regional Science quiz bees and writing feats, qualified for the National Schools Press Conference, and even champed in the Tagisan ng Talino against different teams across the archipelago. I was the 1st honor in our class from 1st grade up until I graduated as the Class Valedictorian in 2009. Indubitably, I was able to reach my...
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