Personal Essays

College Essays: The Fight to Succeed

The first fight of my life was in the forest of my Thai refugee camp. It was hot, so hot, and we battled for three minutes in the first round of our bout. Countless punches struck my stomach.

College Essays: Golf: A Driving Force

My arms were shot. They were heavy and numb. I’d been practicing my swing for three hours straight. But I knew it was the only way I could improve.

College Essays: Opening Up to Therapy

The door to the doctor’s office creeks open slowly. A thin Indian woman sits down next to me. She’s a psychologist. Concerned, she drowns me with questions.

College Essays: The Day I Saved My Brother

Flashing in front of me were two worlds that would soon come shattering into millions of pieces at any second: mine and his.

College Essays: A Mix of Two Cultures

When I was nine years old, my mom encouraged me to learn Vietnamese. She did not want me to be like my peers who can’t read, write, or for some even speak the language fluently.

College Essays: Working Hard to Get Ahead

I cook. I clean. And I’m already a parent to my younger siblings.

College Essays: Music Opens Doors to Opportunities

The beauty of the piano was that it became a large part of who I am. The consonant and dissonant sounds of jazz, classical, and modern music fill my limbic cortex with everlasting joy.

College Essays: Divorce Teaches Independence


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