THE NANKING MASSACRE
The Nanking Massacre occurred over a six week time frame during 1937. Basically, this event took place in Nanking, a Chinese city. 200,000 to 300,000 people died, and about 20,000 to 80,000 women were sexually assaulted.
The Holodomor was a man made famine. During this time, many people in Ukraine died of hunger. The amount of people that died was guessed to be from 1.5 to 10 million people.
Always finding my way
Back to the water
The ocean being my first choice
To ease all of my adversities
The water being the one place
That can easily bring my family together
It is unchanging
Something permanent in my life
That will always be there for me
To come back to
I've never been a fan of change
Anything out of order
Or different from the usual
Has never made sense to me
And that’s why I don’t like it
But with time, I am learning to adjust
I am learning to accept temporary
And although it’s scary
Sometimes I’m just forced to live with it
My sister has the ability
to aggravate me from
Sun up to sun down
But my love for her will never ease
She may not realize it yet
But behind all of the arguing and door slamming
Is still the love I have for her
I still strive to be the role model she needs
The person that she easily look up to
That will guide her in the right direction
At the end of everyday
I will come back to the realization
That family is still everything
And I will never forget or leave them
Everything I do, I do it
With them in mind
Because they are my purpose
Everything I do, I do it
Hoping that they are watching me proudly
And feeling a sense of satisfaction
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA PROMPT:
What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
Many things are temporary ---- toys, pencil markings… but sometimes it will also be people who are temporary in our lives. When people leave, sometimes it might feel like a slap on the wrist, and sometimes itʻll feel like falling into a spiral of self doubt, anxiety, despondency, and anything else negative. The hardest part about it all is accepting that people will not always stay in our lives. Itʻs also challenging, because sometimes we have no idea who to turn to, what to say, what move to make next, mostly due to the fact that at this age, we havenʻt experienced this before. The worst part about when certain people leave, is feeling alone. Sometimes it feels like being blocked by a transparent wall.
In my life, there have been many people who left just as easily as they came. Some of them were friends, and some of them were more than that. There was someone that I had cared about, but decided to leave, because he came to a conclusion that I wasnʻt what he wanted. My mind and body felt somewhat vacant, because all of the butterflies that use to be there were just replaced with this aching feeling. This was the part of my life where I felt really torn down. I couldnʻt figure out what step to take, or who to talk to, or if I should even talk to anyone. I really didnʻt know how to handle it, because I wasnʻt use to it. As absurd as all of this sounds coming from a teenager, age doesnʻt limit emotions. We will feel what we feel, regardless.
Eventually, as time passed, I realized that mostly anything and everything can be contradicted, including this situation. Even though it hurt, there will always be good in the bad. The best part about being a teenager, is being able to learn how to accept these situations and how to adjust to it. Now we really get the chance to find out what makes us feel vulnerable, find out the kind of people we want to surround ourselves with, and most of all, how we want to create the best versions of ourselves by learning from these situations. The way we react to a situation will always tell us a lot about ourselves. Just having that chance to just connect with ourselves, is good practice, especially because weʻll be going into adulthood soon.
The truth is, everyone will come and go. Maybe for a short time, or maybe for a long time… But the most important thing would be to think of what the situation does for us instead of to us. With this mentality, we will always get to turn a negative experience into a learning one, and use our past knowledge and apply it for future reference. First it will hurt, but then it changes you and you evolve into something even greater.
Many things are temporary ---- toys, pencil markings… but sometimes it will also be people who are temporary in our lives. Sometimes it might feel like a slap on the wrist, and sometimes itʻll feel like falling into spiral of self doubt, anxiety, despondency, and anything else negative. The hardest part about it all is accepting that people will not always stay in our lives. Itʻs also challenging, because sometimes we have no idea who to turn to, what to say, what move to make next, mostly due to the fact that at this age, we havenʻt experienced this before. The worst when certain people leave, is feeling alone. Not knowing what to do, so you donʻt do anything, making it even harder to get through this chapter. Sometimes it feels like being blocked by a transparent wall. Not being able to connect with anything, and
Almost anything and everything can be contradicted, including this situation. Even though it might hurt, there will always be good in the bad. The best part about being a teenager, is being able to accept these situations, and being able to really find ourselves from it. Finding out what makes us feel vulnerable, find out the kind of people we want to surround ourselves with. Although people may leave in our lives, this gives us an opportunity to really find out how to be independent, and how to deal with problems on our own. The way we react to a situation will always tell us a lot about ourselves. Just having that chance to just connect with ourselves, is good practice, especially because weʻll be going into adulthood soon.
The truth is, everyone will come and go. Maybe for a short time, or maybe for a long time… But the most important thing would be to think of what the situation does for us instead of to us. With this mentality, we will always get to turn a negative experience into a learning one, and use our past knowledge and apply it for future reference.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
2018-2019 Essay Topics
- Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
- Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. - Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
- Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
- What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
- Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.
Florence Caldwell was the first woman to graduate from Mines. She enrolled in 1895 and found that her fellow classmates discouraged her attendance. She persevered through that discouragement and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1898. She was described as a problem-solver, who was loyal, kind, and sympathetic to others and displayed unwavering courage. Describe a time when you overcame an obstacle, persevered through a situation, or displayed characteristics similar to Florence Caldwell
Select one of the topics below and write a 500-word personal essay. Upload the essay directly through the Woodbury Application or Common Application.
- Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
- Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH
The weather doesnʻt get super extreme during the year
Wide variety and good classes for psychology
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA
Good courses for Psychology
School is close to the water and isnʻt just surrounded by buildings
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
Known for psychology and has an extensive selection of health sciences.
Campus is said to be like their own “little town” - everything is right there (meds, snacks, etc.)
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT HILO
Close to home, and family lives close
Offers Hawaiian Studies programs
“Go run the hill!” Something I heard almost every day from our coaches last year. We were in the middle of the season and our regattas had already started. This practice, we had to sprint against the varsity girls crew. Us being the junior varsity crew, we lost and the consequence was to run the hill thirty times.
That season, I was the steerswoman and I was mostly responsible for the actions that my crew executed. I always felt accountable for any loss that we took, even if it was just during practice, but I didn’t really feel like a leader. To me, it was inane to think that I am better than anyone. I was the same as everyone else, but the only difference was that I had to sit in another seat and I had to keep the boat straight.
It was already about six o‘clock and I didn’t want to run at all. Because paddling is during winter season, it was colder and practice that day felt demanding and I was exhausted. I thought to myself, “I can literally just give up at fifteen and finish the fifteen tomorrow.” I didn’t really care too much about it. It’s not like anyone payed attention to me while I was running anyways. Coaches were busy coaching, and everyone just kind of focused on themselves.
We were about halfway to thirty and I heard these two girls saying, “You know what? I think I’ll just do them tomorrow. I’m so tired.” But there was this one girl, Nai’a and she kept going, and I just kept going with her. She kept persisting, she was determined to finish and I planned to finish with her, because I didn’t want her to be alone. We finished a few more hills and I already saw the girls walking down the hill saying, “Okay, you guys just wanna go then?” Nai’a just kept running and said, “Nah, I’ll stop when Zion stops.” All of the girls that wanted to stop just kept going. Obviously not because they wanted to, but more so because we kept going. I wasn’t really trying to set the bar, be an example or a leader… or anything of that matter. I wasn’t even good at running… but she didn’t look up to me for that, she looked up to me, because I wasn’t stopping.
Most importantly I realized that people do pay attention to me. I realized that my actions affect more than myself. By just persisting, that could provide inspiration for my crew to keep going. They looked at me as a leader, and I started looking at myself as one too. I learned that being a leader… isn’t so much being better than everyone else. I definitely don’t run the best and I am surely not the best paddler… but I think after this, being a leader to me is just about the drive. I had heart, and unconditional love for what I did. Being a leader, it was never about being the best, or being the most talented. It was about how supportive I was of the team, and how much I was willing to do. How much drive I had. After all, being the best doesn’t matter if you don’t have the attitude for it.
Eventually we finished all thirty hills that day, but ever since this practice, I payed attention more to what I did. I started to push more, motivate more, and be more dedicated. Every time we would run hills, or do sprints on land, I would just try to give it my all, because now I knew they were watching and I didn’t want to set the example of giving up. That was my crew and they depended on me to keep them up. When I finally looked at myself the way they looked at me, I just tried harder in everything that I did, and eventually it rubbed off on them. They had more motivation and I developed this mindset to keep going even if I feel like I’m going to throw up. Not just for myself, but more so for them because their attitude almost always reciprocates mines.