College will be a major change for me; in all likelihood, it will probably be the most significant transformation I will experience. It will be a time of growth and learning. In order to adapt to these many changes I hope to mature both emotionally and spiritually. In doing so, I will influence those around me and the community as a whole. I anticipate that my life experiences will prove to be valuable to me and to those I come into contact with.
I have had many challenges to overcome thusfar. I've had problems with family members, with girls, with friends, but most significantly, problems with myself. I have made the wrong decisions and I have had trouble realizing what is important to me. I now know what steps I need to take in order to become a better person and to stay on the path that I have chosen. I hope to continue this pattern of emotional maturation by accomplishing my goal of academic excellence while attending Gonzaga. I have already promised myself and God that I will not participate in any activity that will lead me astray morally or academically. I am confident that the experience of living on my own will be an education in itself. My father recently retired from the military so I have moved many times. I am very good at meeting all of the challenges that entails. But it is through my work with mentally challenged adults that I have realized the importance of being happy with yourself.
Through my experience working with mentally challenged individuals, I have yet to find anything as rewarding as making others feel comfortable and happy with themselves. I also am very well aware of the challenges that face college freshmen that range from choosing what classes to take to whether or not to abuse alcohol and drugs. I have two brothers at major universities and have learned from their successes, challenges, and shortcomings. I have participated in student government and conflict management and bring a unique perspective to every...
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