PERSONAL STATEMENT #1
Every kid loves something. Whether it is a toy, books or a game, they will be so into it that it will be hard to get their attention. I loved dinosaurs so much that I started memorizing facts here and there. After learning about them from a Christmas toy, I shared my knowledge with my stunned family. My ability to learn and memorize information, as well as retain it for a long time, has become my most vital asset when it comes to doing great in school.
In school, I went to the library daily and checked out a lot of books. I was curious about everything in school. I took up violin and clarinet and was one of the best musicians in the orchestra. It became clear that I had potential and this skill has helped me excel in class. Things that I will contribute to my future college are my individuality, intelligence, passion and caring heart. One thing I love about my ability to learn is that I retain information longer than my friends, which have to study for tests. When I learn new concepts, I catch on fast and my focus is more intense than others. Not even the incessant talking of my classmates can hinder my focus.
When I was young, I was bullied, from first to tenth grade. I did get picked on, but I never let it interfere with my schoolwork and I didn’t let it interfere with my learning, along with my natural curiosity about everything. Furthermore, I do not let my disorder cloud my vision of who I am. I have been blocked by tough obstacles in life, but I learn from my mistakes and I work hard to be the best I can be, both inside and outside school. My friends may consist of a small handful, but I like friends of quality. They let me know when I have said something rude that I didn’t intend to be. They like that I am a superb listener and that I am sensitive to them if they’re feeling sad or angry. They also enjoyed my company because I am affectionate, supportive, loyal and honest.
It doesn’t matter if I am busy or not busy at all; I always try to find time for my family and best friends. My mother, grandmother, godfather and cousins loves these traits I have as well. It’s my caring and passionate heart that makes me a strong woman and focused student. Two years ago, I found out I had Asperger’s Syndrome. It gave me an explanation for my “differences”. Making and keeping friends is still one of the hardest things for me to do. In school, I hang out in the library, with teachers or by myself. Over time, I learned to ignore bullies and not let them control me. I remind myself that they don’t understand me as well as I understand myself. Despite never having a leadership role, it doesn’t mean I am not a leader.
In groups, I help others with problems when they don’t understand them.
This natural curiosity and learning ability has always been my most valuable asset in school. It never went away and it never will. Things that I will be able to contribute to my college are my individuality, intelligence, passion and caring heart. I’m still a bright student nowadays. It makes me proud because schools have changed so much and I am blessed to be able to understand these concepts that leave most others clueless. This learning ability is what I am best known for and it has helped shaped me over these long and challenging school years. I do not want to be defined by my “disorder”, but I want to succeed in spite of it.
PERSONAL STATEMENT #2
I was only four years old when my mom took me to Sea World. I have always been a curious girl. It does not matter if it is about dinosaur or how the universe was made. I will retain that information and keep it until it eventually goes away. But if brought up a while after, I recall and relearn the information given very, very quickly.
I grew up in an animal and writing-oriented world. My life has revolved around living things and writing, mostly books. Early on, I was taught how to draw animals in kindergarten. I drew tigers, birds, dogs, you name it. My natural curiosity has helped me to have and retain knowledge on just about everything. I learned about dinosaurs when I was seven with a Christmas toy. I memorized the entire thing in two weeks. Even then, I was memorizing movies down to the little lines that most do not even notice at first glance.
One thing that I have always loved was animals. I had a lot of pets growing up. I had a lot of goldfish, two parakeets, a hamster, a puppy, a kitten and much more. I also helped to take care of other pets. I remembered how to take care of them and I did it…with a deep passion. I grew much attached to my puppy, Bear, and my kitten, Princess. When I had to give them up, I got very emotional and cried a lot after parting ways with both of them. My love of animals has also helped me to go to zoos, museums and aquariums, so that I could learn more and expand my knowledge of these beautiful creatures.
It doesn’t matter what kind of animal it is. I will learn about it and memorize the bare facts. This love of animals will never go away. It’s been my passion that I will always cherish and it will definitely aid me in my job as a zoologist or animal biologist. My family has always supported me and have always loved that I love learning because it has helped me in school. The only thing that I’ll miss is when the world comes to an end is all those amazing creatures that live on this planet will perish and vanish from this world.