Personal essay

College Essay: Forging my own path

Every time I visit my grandparents in their huge house in Blaine, I hear a broken record.

College Essay: The veil: ‘A means of empowerment’

Misguided saviors trying to save a simple Muslim girl
but they can’t seem to comprehend that I don’t need to be saved,

College Essay: Rewriting the single story about refugees

I look around, seeing two naked Turkana women carrying a pile of wood above their heads. Sacred red paint covers their bodies. Heavy and large beads adorn their elongated necks.

College Essay: Lessons from the loss of a loved one

The heat pressed against my skin on a humid June afternoon.

College Essay: Triumph in the war on my skin

When I was 12, I declared war on my skin.

College Essay: Finding purpose through my sister

“Tu hermana tiene autismo.”

“Your sister has autism.”

Those four words changed my life.

College Essay: Writing is a passion, a safe haven

“He’s coming,” I told my mom as we looked out of the glass patio door at home, waiting for my dad. “He’s just running late.”

College Essay: Embracing a cultural mix

As I unfolded on the cold, hard ground behind the gym bleachers with tears rolling down my eyes, I sensed that I didn’t belong.

College Essay: Winning the fight against MRSA

“Ouch,” I thought, after what seemed like a typical insect bite on my left leg. That is, until the sharp and unbearable pain put my life on hold.

College Essay: ‘Information is power’

I landed in Cairo at a revolutionary time.

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