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What matters most to you and why 750 wordsThe best examples of Essay 1 reflect the process of self-examination that you have undertaken to write them They give us a vivid and genuine image of who you areand they also convey how you became the person you are They do not focus merely on what youve done or accomplished Instead they share with us the values experiences and lessons that have shaped your perspectives They are written from the heart and address not only a person situation or event but also how that person situation or event has influenced your lifeI was born with a heavy fever and was hospitalized for several days When the doctor finally cleared my release from the hospital my mother pleaded to let me stay one extra night as if her maternal instinct knew something the doctors did not During that fateful night my fever turned into meningitis but I survived because I was able to get treated right away I most likely would not have survived if I was at home due to the lack of transportation options in Beijing back in 1984 During a check-up at the hospital six years later I was told by a doctor that the chances that I survived the disease and showed no discernible mental aftereffects were 1 in 1000 I fought against the odds got lucky and livedWhen I first learned this I developed a profound appreciation and sense of purpose for being alive and that feeling combined with an eventful life experience has been pivotal in shaping my values and beliefs My life took an unexpected turn when I immigrated to America at age 13 Although the transition was difficult in many respects I immersed in the American culture because I was presented with opportunities that did not exist in China For example I was encouraged to get involved in the community and found great joy in volunteering
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