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Rain clouds filled the sky as our car turned left into Lake Forest Memorial Park. It was the 3-year anniversary of the death of Amir. Amir was one of my dearest friends, as kids, we would spend hours building an indoor tent in my cousin's room, and we had a sort of childhood friendship that was sacred in its own innocent way. Amir chose to take his life three years ago. So on that rainy, gloomy day, his closest family and friends gathered by his grave to mourn his death. Amir's death really took a toll on all those close to him, including me. As the small drops of rain tapped on the picture engraved in the gravestone, I started to look back on my life, and tried to remember my friend. The never-ending question ran through my mind again and again. It is almost permanently attached to every thought I ever have of him. The question is simply: why? Why would he do such a thing? Amir was living in a world that lived in before he died; that of a typical teenager. When failing a math test, being rejected by a crush, or being teased by a bully meant the end of the world. These things meant everything to us, and when they didn't turn out right, we gave up and thought that our life was miserable. I use 'we' because I used to feel the same way that Amir did. Superficial things meant everything to me, like how many friends I had or what kind of clothes I owned. We were blinded from the reality that these things were merely props in the screenplay of our life, and that a good play can be done without the props. There were often times where a break-up with a boyfriend,...
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added: 09/07/2011
College Application If you ask me who the most influential person of my life Is, I wouldn't have to think about it twice. My English Teacher from my junior year in high school Is the most positive person I have ever known; her name? Is Mrs. Schoenbucher and she is encouraging, always Friendly, permanently offering help and always there For you when you need somebody to talk. You might ask What does that have to do with my college application? I have always been a really good pupil, always went to Class on time, never skipped school, permanently good grades In addition,I Have never been disrespectful to a teacher. In my junior year I had a math teacher , Who really took the fun out of math ; he didn't treat Me fairly and really gave me a bad time in math. I lost my Fun on math and stopped to study for it. I even started Skipping my math classes because I had such a hard Time getting along with this teacher. I am pretty Sure you can foretell what happened when I stopped studying for math and started skipping it –exactly, my Grade dropped –I failed the class and I have never Failed a class before. The math problem led to other problems, too ;it took away all my passion for Attending school. Consequently, my other grades started to get Worse too. I was afraid to talk to anybody, I didn't Have the courage to speak up and discuss the problem. I Felt lost like a wild animal imprisoned in a small cage. I was walking in a dark tunnel and couldn't find the Exit. My English teacher Mrs. Schoenbucher, with whom I get along very well was the first person to recognize that something was wrong with me, so she Took me aside and asked me what was wrong. I said "Nothing", but I just couldn't hold it in anymore my eyes Were starting to get watery and I started to cry .Mrs. Schoenbucher encouraged...
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added: 12/04/2011
The last time I wrote something that took time and effort and it was not assigned in class was when I answered the essay question for the application form to get into BGSU. I chose to write about how living in Europe these last seven years has affected my perspective on life and me as a person. I did not do anything before I started writing my essay. I usually just plan out a short outline of just some ideas about what I have to write in the paper and then start writing. But for this assignment I just choose to start writing and to keep reading over my work and changing things until I was content. Sometimes I like to use a brainstorming web to formulate my ideas. Although, before I even started writing my essay for BGSU I talked to my college counselor from the school about my idea. She told me it was good and offered a little advise about how I should write the paper. Once I completed the paper and I felt it was of a good standard I gave the BGSU essay to my college counselor to look over. She gave it back to me with very little corrections and said that it was good. I then went over it one last time before printing it off to put into my application for BGSU. Often when I am writing a paper, I will re-read my sentences and grammatical structure and decide that I don't like it or that I could phrase it better. So I often re-write and change my sentences when writing a paper, as I did for my application essay. I also like to try and read my paper when I have written it to make sure everything sounds good and flows together....
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Community-Based Nursing: Analysis and Application Essay and Presentation Rachel A. Long South Dakota State University Long 1 Sometimes We Should Just Cry by Barb Mannenbach "Sometimes I wonder if, when we want some action on behalf of the children we visit, we should just cry." "Sometimes We Should Just Cry" is a story about a public health nurse who is asked to go with the police to see a family she had previously visited. They were investigating a report that the children were not being cared for properly. When they arrived at the home, the heat was unbearable and the stench of the house made them nauseated. There were eight children from two different families in the home along with five adults. All of the children were covered with scabies, and the baby was skin and bones. "The baby looked like he was from some famine-struck third world country." After the police saw the nurse cry at this terrible site, they removed the children from the home. They took the children and bathed them and checked them for lice. The children were eventually adopted into good homes. At the end of that day, the nurse was driving home and got a speeding ticket. "I was so upset, I must have been going too fast, thinking about the day." She found out a year later at the children's hearing, that if she had explained the situation to the officer, she probably wouldn't have gotten a ticket at all. The nurse in this story intervened by going along with the police and the Children's Services Division. She was an educated woman who acted as the children's advocate and also the educator by knowing what to look for in the home. The police had later told her that they aren't sure what to look for when they have to decide...
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Applications for college admissions usually require one or more autobiographical essays. Essay questions may vary but all serve the same purpose, to evaluate the fitness of a candidate. The essay portion of a college admissions application is an important tool for deciding your worthiness as a candidate. It is a tool that admissions officers use to get to know the applicant better and to separate candidates from numerical scores. This is the time to prove yourself and to be able to stand out among the other applicants. Each year, Harvard rejects four out of five valedictorians and hundreds of students with perfect SAT scores, leaving applicants and parents wondering what went wrong. While there is no secret formula for gaining admission to a top school, there are many ways to ensure rejection, and the most common by far is taking the admissions essay lightly. Whether you are applying to the Ivy League or to a state school, your job is the same. You must distinguish yourself from hundreds or even thousands of applicants with similar grades, activities, and SAT scores. To achieve this, your essay must not only demonstrate your grasp of grammar and ability to write lucid, structured prose, you must also paint a vivid picture of your personality and character, one that compels a busy admissions officer to accept you. The college admissions essay plays a very important part in terms of setting the tone for the rest of the application. It is where the committee starts to evaluate the applicant on their minds and try to decide whether you will be a positive asset to their school. Although academic performance is the most important variable and no one is admitted on the basis of an essay alone, the essay can many times make or break the student. The...
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The Non-Traditional Applicant Modest one-room houses lay scattered across the desert landscape. Their rooftops a seemingly helpless shield against the intense heat generated by the mid-July sun. The steel security bars that guarded the windows and doors of every house seemed to belie the large welcome sign at the entrance to the ABC Indian Reservation. As a young civil engineer employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, I was far removed from my cubical in downtown Los Angeles. However, I felt I was well-prepared to conduct my first project proposal. The project involved a $500,000 repair of an earthen levee surrounding an active Native American burial site. A fairly inexpensive and straightforward job by federal standards, but nonetheless I could hardly contain my excitement. Strict federal construction guidelines laden with a generous portion of technical jargon danced through my head as I stepped up to the podium to greet the twelve tribal council members. My premature confidence quickly disappeared as they confronted me with a troubled ancient gaze. Their faces revealed centuries of distrust and broken government promises. Suddenly, from a design based solely upon abstract engineering principles an additional human dimension emerged — one for which I had not prepared. The calculations I had crunched over the past several months and the abstract engineering principles simply no longer applied. Their potential impact on this community was clearly evident in the faces before me. With perspiration forming on my brow, I decided I would need to take a new approach to salvage this meeting. So I discarded my rehearsed speech, stepped out from behind the safety of the podium, and began to solicit the council members' questions and concerns. By the end of the afternoon, our efforts to establish a cooperative working relationship had resulted in a distinct shift in...
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The Anthropology Student Crayfish tails in tarragon butter, galantine of rabbit with foie gras, oxtail in red wine, and apple tartelletes. The patient had this rich meal and complained of "liver upset" (crise de foie). Why a liver ache? I always associate indigestion with a stomach ache. In studying French culture in my Evolutionary Psychology class, I learned that when experiencing discomfort after a rich meal, the French assume their liver is the culprit. Understanding and dealing with the minor — sometimes major — cultural differences is a necessity in our shrinking world and diverse American society. Anthropology has prepared me to effectively communicate with an ethnically diverse population. My science classes, research, and clinical experience have prepared me to meet the demands of medical school. I first became aware of the valuable service that physicians provide when I observed my father, a surgeon, working in his office. I gained practical experience assisting him and his staff perform various procedures in his out-patient center. This exposure increased my admiration for the restorative, technological, and artistic aspects of surgery. I also saw that the application of medical knowledge was most effective when combined with compassion and empathy from the health care provider. While admiring my father's role as a head and neck surgeon helping people after severe accidents, I also found a way to help those suffering from debilitating ailments. Working as a certified physical trainer, I became aware of the powerful recuperative effects of exercise. I was able to apply this knowledge in the case of Sharon, a forty-three-year-old client suffering from lupus. she reported a 200% increase in her strength tests after I trained her. This meant she could once again perform simple tasks like carrying groceries into her house. Unfortunately, this glimpse of improvement was followed by a further deterioration in...
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added: 12/23/2011
The Runner Pounding, rushing footsteps started to close in on me. The roar of the crowd echoed, as I extended my hand to receive the baton that signaled my turn to run. As I tightly wrapped my fingers around it, I felt the wind rush around me, and my tired legs started to carry me faster than I ever dreamed possible. As I rounded the final stretch of track I remember battling fatigue by contemplating two paths: slow down and give up my chance of winning to gain momentary comfort, or push myself even harder and give up momentary comfort to receive greater rewards later. I chose the second path and later held a trophy that represented my perseverance and hard work. The years of running — consistently choosing the second path — have taught me discipline and perseverance. These qualities will help me cross a different finish line and achieve a new goal: becoming a doctor. I have had to learn to budget my time to meet the demands of school, training programs, and volunteer activities. Although I trained and ran at least thirty miles a week throughout college, I also served as a big sister to Kelly, an abused child, and worked in a hospital trauma unit and as a medical assistant in an OB/GYN clinic. My most satisfying volunteer activity, however, was participating in mission work in Mexico City. In Mexico City I continually saw young children whose suffering was overwhelming. These children had never received vaccinations, were lice-infested, and suffered from malnutrition. They also frequently had infections that antibiotics can easily treat, but due to poverty were left untreated. For a week our team worked feverishly to see as many children as possible and treat them to the best of our abilities. I will never forget the feeling of...
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This statement about me and my high school years is something I would like you to take into consideration. The basic facts that I have given in my application are only the facts that are written down and kept record of. They don't tell you who I am as a person, nor do they tell you if I would be good for your school. Hopefully in this personal statement of mine, I would like to not accuse, but to explain why some of the reasons why you should consider me a student that is right for your school. I would first like to start off out saying that your school is at the top of my list, as well as many others. I have learned many great things in high school such as, how to deal with pressure when it counts the most, how to work as a member of a team to achieve the same goal, how to deal with gain as well as loss, and many more great tools needed in life to succeed. Yet there are many more ideas and theories to be learned in college that I would like to experience, most of all, at your university. I think J.F. Kennedy said it the best, "ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what can you do for your country". I think I have the same principle, when I ask you it's not what your university can do for me, but what can I do to for your university. My high school career had it ups and downs, my grade point average is lower than I would like it to be, but again I'm every active and do many extra circular activities. I am involved in football, basketball, track, FFA, FBLA, DECA, and a member...
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11 March 2003 Dear Ms Boe RE: HR Administrator I would like to confirm my interest in applying for the HR Administrator position currently advertised on the seek website 11-03-03. I have been an employee of the City of Moonee Valley for the past 6 months where I was required to undertake and manage different projects for the Environment Department. I have completed my Bachelor of Business degree in Human Resources at Victorian University, where I undertook many exciting and challenging studies. This coupled with my training, and experience gained through work experience across a range of industries make me a worthy contender for this exciting role. I am a motivated and responsible individual seeking for a challenging career in Human Resources. My honesty and trustworthiness has been displayed through my ability to successfully manage both staff and company monies. I see myself as a hard worker who is always interested in further developing my skills. I believe my skills, academic abilities and experience would make me a valuable asset to your organisation. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss this opportunity further. Yours Sincerely GENERAL SELECTION CRITERIA INFORMATION Human Resources Management As Second Assistant Manager at McDonalds, I was required to provide advice on many issues to some 90 staff. I have implemented a complete change of policy and procedure including staff morale in the transition from a Franchise store to a McDonalds owned store. I have undertaken Store Management responsibilities being sole shift manager on a day to day basis. Recruitment I have attended McDonalds Management courses specific in how to conduct selection interviews in line with good HR practice and legislative requirements. Training I have been involved in the process of creating a yearly staff training plan with ongoing training needs analysis depending on individual development requirements. These individual experiences included areas such as religion, cultural background, ages from 15...
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