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Essay 1 What matters most to you and why 750 wordsThe best examples of Essay 1 reflect the process of self-examination that you have undertaken to write them They give us a vivid and genuine image of who you areand they also convey how you became the person you are They do not focus merely on what youve done or accomplished Instead they share with us the values experiences and lessons that have shaped your perspectives They are written from the heart and address not only a person situation or event but also how that person situation or event has influenced your lifeBorn with a heavy fever I was hospitalized for several days When the doctor finally cleared my release from the hospital my mother begged to let me stay one extra night as if her maternal instinct knew something the doctors did not During that fateful night my fever turned into meningitis but because I was able to get treated right away I survived I most likely would not have survived if I was at home for the lack of transportation in Beijing back in 1984 There were no cars buses taxies or ambulances only a bike ride in middle of the night forty minutes to the hospital During a check-up at the hospital six years later I was told by a doctor that the chances that I survived the disease and showed no discernible mental aftereffects were 1 in 1000 I fought against the odds got lucky and survivedWhen I first learned this I developed a profound appreciation and sense of purpose for being alive and that feeling has stayed with me for the past twenty years I want to help others defy odds the way I did many of them have odds stacked against them worse than I could imagine and many of them never experienced the joy of overcoming those odds I want to leverage my skills and
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