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Personal Statement

  • Submitted by: drealist68
  • on April 11, 2011
  • Category: College Admissions
  • Length: 475 words

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Personal Statement

6. Topic of your choice.
What trait best defines you?  Describe how that trait has helped you to become successful.
      Charles R. Swindoll, a famous American writer and clergyman once said “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.” Attitude, to me, is more important than facts, it is more important than the past, the education, the money,  than circumstances, than failure, than success, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company. ..a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will behave cruel toward others. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing that we can do is play on the only musical note we have, and that is our attitudes. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. We are charge of our attitudes.
      Life for me has not always been easy going. My mother was a drug addict most of my life. So as a result I have been a victim of child abuse and neglect. But yet, after all that I have been through who would have thought someone like myself would be such a leader in a city such as Newark where it seems impossible to find great opportunities. I am a graduate from The Development School for Youth, an active member of Student Government Association, a dance student at The Newark School of Arts and more. Though my grades may not always show all that I am capable of, through my extra-curriculum activities and community outreach programs I demonstrate my full potential. They show that I have just as much potential, quality, and leadership compared to any student who is an academic achiever. It is because of the activities I am involved in that make me as strong of a person I am today.
      At one point of my life because of my mother’s...

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