Personal essay

College Essay: ‘Hard work does pay off’

Sweat dripped down the faces and bodies of the 14 exhausted teen dancers and scattered onto the slippery hardwood floor. Several stifled yawns.

College Essay: Grappling with – and overcoming – a tough decision on the mat

Class starts at 8 a.m. But I have been at school since 6 a.m.—running stairs over a puddle of my own sweat and pushing my limits in the weight room.

College Essay: Determination and optimism from ‘Mama’

Blood ran from Mama’s—my grandmother’s—arm and through the IV as the nurse said, “We will have the results in a couple of weeks and have you stop by then.”

College Essay: Conquering a new language and a new home

Fear and happiness hit my face.

I was “home.”

Finally.

College Essay: ‘Your shield, protector and defense’

While I was cleaning the living room at the age of 10 years old in South Africa, my sister, Halima, ran up to me and said, “Brother, brother, brother! Our brother is in danger!”

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.

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