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What are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you viewthem as suchI paid my way through college by starting Suburban Appliance SAan appliance repair service in Chicago Illinois I started SA in highschool and patrolled the neighborhood streets on garbage day to collectdiscarded appliances I would then repair the appliances and sell themfor a substantial profit Struggling to pay for college I replicated mysuccess from high school on a larger scale by developing a relationshipwith my local Sears I convinced the appliance sales team that it wasuseless to let old appliances sit in a landfill when I could repair themand sell them to lower income individuals After many calls Searseventually agreed to distribute my contact information to customers whopurchased new appliances I would then pick up their old soon-to-bediscarded appliances for free refurbish them and sell them for a tidyprofit Later I expanded the business by hiring two repair techniciansMy experience with SA taught me the importance of perseverance creativebusiness planning and laid the seeds for my thinking about sociallyresponsible investing One of my most meaningful accomplishments was to buy my parents a newhouse that they could only dream of living in while they raised my threebrothers and me in difficult financial circumstances After fleeingPakistan due to religious persecution and gaining asylum in the UnitedStates my father worked as an insurance agent and my mother was anAvon Lady selling cosmetics door-to-door Together they madehumble salaries and supplemented our household income by taking odd jobssuch as delivering phonebooks and providing cooking services Whatevermoney they made went directly into our run-down house to provide acomfortable environment for our family Saving my money by the age of 23in order to buy a house for my family has allowed me to honor thesacrifices and hard-work that my parents undertook to provide for mybrothers and me Despite having to live with four people in an extremelymodest one-bedroom apartment in Chicago and minimizing my expensesduring my years as an
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