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Some students have a background or story that is so central to theiridentity that they believe their application would be incomplete withoutit If this sounds like you then please share your storyI was abandoned on the street like unwanted garbage there was no noteno birth date and definitely no explanation I am one of the lucky fewwho survived the often fatal condition of being born a Chinese female Iwas always aware that I was adopted With the little information theyhad my parents frequently told my adoption story Just as a motherdescribes how her child grows in her tummy my parents told the story ofthe mountains of paperwork the agonizing fourteen month wait and howthey flew across the world to get me Even if my parents had denied thatI was adopted my almond shaped eyes and jet black hair were telltalesigns that I was clearly not related to my blue-eyed father and my curlyhaired mother My understanding of the significance of my adoption story is constantlyevolving In fifth grade I was assigned a research project on Chinesefoot-binding On my clunky desktop computer I began researching thepainful and debilitating procedure Chinese women endured It was thefirst taste I had of the oppression of women in Chinese society That iswhen I began fully comprehending the heinous injustice of beingabandoned simply because of my gender The unfairness and gravity of mysituation fostered an intense desire within me to stand up for oppressedgroups As I matured my intolerance for discrimination became a centralelement of my identity If there was teasing on the school bus Iwouldnt think twice to intervene I challenged the boys who refused tolet me play with them because I was a girl and I fiercely defended myChinese heritage and my adoption story Even if I wasnt the most popular girl among my peers I alwaysmustered the courage to stand up for myself and others In eighth gradeI was voted most likely to stick up for
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