Describe some of the experiences you had in life and how it impacted your outlook and how you live:
They say "life is the best tutor", I think this statement is very true because nothing that you learn elsewhere lasts longer than what life teaches you, nothing gives you better insight and keen judgement than life itself. And just like any other living human being, I have been through some experiences that really shaped me.I believe that the following two experiences were the most influencial:
I used to think that in my circle I have a lot of people I can call friends but the summer of 2007 proved me wrong. I remember I was preparing to take my high school exam, a very difficult exam that would grant me a ticket to my future. I've never worked for an exam the way I did for that one. I really gave it all. And three weeks before it, I fell sick. I caught a severe pneumonia that kept me feverish in bed for a week. I couldn't breath, eat or drink and having ashma already really complicated my situation. But it was not the sickness that affected me the most but it was not having these so called "friends" check on me, help me, be with me. I remember lying in my bed, feeling betrayed, remembering all the times I shared with these people, the burdens I lifted from their backs, the smiles I put on their faces when they were said and thought to myself: "How could I be so naive?"
I hated myself that day but then came to realize that it wasn't my fault, it was theirs. From that day, I've been very careful with calling people "friends". Being friend is something people are supposed to earn, sharing my laughter wouldn't make you my friend but helping me through my hard times would. and that's a valuable lesson I learnt the hard way.
The other experience I want to talk about is more positive. It was the summer of 2010 when I was nominated to participate in an international exchange program called the "MEPI". Being in the university of Georgetown, taking classes in Political Sciences, Leadership, Entrepreneurship with over 25 nationalities was the best thing that ever happened to me. It was not necessarily the academics component of the program but merely the interaction with internationals. Stepping out of my comfort zone to meet new people, challenge the stereotypes I had, defy and defeat my fear of the unknown really helped in widening my vision of the world. I realized how narrow my perspective of the world was, how little I knew about myself, my strenghts and weaknesses. I owe to this experiences a lot of self confidence that I have now and most importantly a never ending passion to improve myself, to live in the world as a global citizen and to commit to make a change by starting with myself.
These two experiences were definitely the most significant and impacting I had so far. Believing that life is an ever lasting process of learning and armed with the experience I earnt so far, the least I can say is that I am eager and ethusiastic to live more and learn more.
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