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I think Im doing alright in this world for being only 23 years old My experiences and interactions have helped teach me alot about people as well as myself I have lived with some of the poorest people in the world for six months in Haiti I assisted keeping the peace or what little there was for nearly a year in the desert between Egypt and Israel I have migrated solo from Boston to San Diego and lived everywhere in between Ive worked as a commercial fisherman in the north atlantic and south pacific and as a cowboy in the midwest All of these places and interactions have had a great deal of impact on the way that I live my life Through these experiences I have built my strengths and exposed my weaknesses I believe my strengths lie strongest within my ability to adapt to and easily overcome a variety of situations Making things work with little or nothing was a big part of my training as an operator within an airborne recon unit in the Army I can remember one obstactle in particuar when we were placed in teams of five unfamiliar with one another and given limited resources we were required to relocate a jeep without wheels 100 meters As you can imagine we relied heavily on our ability to build an effective team I can attribute my leadership skills to this experience as well although in a environment where I am less confident with the material I tend to follow I believe that my ability to follow someone elses lead and to admit when I am unfamiliar with a situation is also a strength Learning to follow will teach you to lead As far as academic strengths are concerned my experiences in the past have definiately help overcome stress in the classroom Its hard to get nervous about an exam when youve learned to break wild horses harpoon a giant Bluefin
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