College application essay draft:
Henry David Thoreau once said, “go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you have imagined”. In many ways this quote exemplifies the duality of the path which I have taken thus far in my life, and which has directed my pursuit of a college degree. Being born and brought up in this vast and diverse subcontinent of India the idea of living in a new environment always enticed me. When I was younger, I used to picture what life would be like as a sophisticated hot shot professional. I imagined myself working in a renowned hospital in a big city and making someone new happy everyday by helping them in a way that they would be satisfied with my work. That was as far as the fantasy went, but I’ve always thought there was something more to my childhood musings, a morsel of real ambition. I wanted to be independent, to be busy, to be relied upon by others. Currently I am a high school student and I still have many of the same goals I had as a child, my experience feels somehow incomplete. A great man once stated, “ All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible” and I strongly believe in this theory . I come from a family of doctors: an ENT, an orthopedic surgeon and an ophthalmologist and so ever since I was 5 years old I have been exposed to what it feels like to be a doctor. My grandfather used to take me to his clinic almost every day during my summer holidays and I was allowed to hold the stethoscope while he used to examine the patients. So I basically had insights on the day to day life of doctors. I did, after all "want to help people," and that seemed to be what doctors did. When I was 12, it was the first time I had ever visited the dentist’s clinic. This was when I first observed a dentist at work and had...
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