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Tell us about personal social or family challenges you have faced Howhave you dealt with them and how have they shaped your thinking 500words or lessI think I began to grow up that summer when I got stuck in a closetwhile playing hide-and-seek with my sister I must have closed the doorreally hard because when I tried to open it the door wouldnt move Mymom was at work and my dad finally fell asleep after night shiftSuddenly fears rushed over me I didnt know what to do In a low voiceI called for my sister too little to understand she went on to do herown things I was in dilemma Should I call for my dad He has beenworking last few days with little to no sleep Knowing that he wouldhave a hard time going back to sleep once he wakes up I decided to justwait inside the gloomy closetI must have fainted I heard banging on the door it was my father Heopened the door and picked me up His eyes were teary and I wasshocked I have never seen him like this Later he explained that I amthe most precious person in his life and he couldnt afford to letanything happen to me He explained to me that the reason he came toAmerica is not to earn money but to make his daughters future a brightone He wanted to give me the chance to attain the best education Hewants me to grow up to be a well-educated and a giving personThis event didnt have much impact on me at that time but throughoutlast eight years it was this experience that seemed to have influencedme the most The conversation with my dad seemed to have given me ahidden strength Throughout elementary and middle school I struggled inalmost all my classes English was brand new to me and everything washidden beneath it I was often bullied in school because of my accentand appearance There were
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