Scholarship Essay

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Who are you? Why do you deserve a scholarship? If not awarded a scholarship, how would you otherwise pay for college?

I am a first-generation immigrant with Korean roots. Entering a foreign country within a land of opportunity at the age of nine, I was unsure of what I wanted to pursue in life. At such a young age characterized by curiosity and perplexity, I did not have many personal goals laid before me. I found myself in a new complex world with a challenging language I had to learn from the basics. However, since then, I have been vigorously swimming upstream due to my parents’ hopes for higher education.

I am a philomath, a lover of learning. I have applied myself throughout high school, taking challenging classes that encourage me to think on a higher level and prepare me for a rigorous college. When searching for a university in which to pursue, I was looking for an institution that would continue to help me think in ways I have not before. I enjoy acquiring new knowledge and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others as well.

I am passion embodied. Being around Chicago dancing has been the most life-changing experience I have encountered. It has opened me up to this so-called world of “passion”. I learned how deceptive it is to think that a passionate life is a carefree life. Passion requires hard work, determination, and perspective.

As a well-rounded student who is committed to excellence, I wish to have the best possible chance for a bright future. Education has always been a priority to me because my parents sacrificed everything and came overseas in search of a better education for my brother and me. On my first day of school in America in 4th grade, my teacher simply asked me, “Do you need lunch?” I could not comprehend the question. Nine years later, I am a senior who excels in all subjects in the curriculum. My motivation comes from within, in the form of what is to become. I have already surpassed milestones and overcome challenges...
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