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1 What factors have led you to consider Macalester College Why do you believe it may be a good match and what do you believe you can add to the Mac community academically and personally Feel free to draw on past experiences and use concrete examples to support your perspective Five-year-old Hectors stare pierced through the roar filling the makeshift clinic outside Cape Town South Africa Working with Operation Hunger an NGO combating chronic malnutrition in South African townships I was tracking childrens nutrition rates to create an effective feeding program As I wrapped a measuring tape around Hectors tiny wrist the ravenous hunger in his eyes struck a nerve bringing my passion for international and community service into focus In an effort to improve the lives of children like Hector I am returning to school this fall to continue my journey towards a career in pediatric medicine To maximize the impact I have on the world I need a first-rate education Macalester College balances stellar academics with a commitment to leadership and service making it the ideal place to further my studies Within its cohesive learning environment I can expand my global perspective and quench my thirst for scholastic intensity in an immersive rigorous and rewarding wayWorking with Operation Hunger in South Africa volunteering in a school in a remote village in Ghana and delivering toothbrushes to orphans in Brazil opened my eyes to the poverty and harsh conditions many people live in worldwide while fueling my passion for global service I seek a college that emphasizes the importance of cross-cultural understanding and Macalester truly embodies its slogan Education for a world stage Students hailing from over 90 countries bring diverse viewpoints to campus and
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