California Institute of Technology
Evaluate a significant experience you have had and its impact on you.
According to English folklore, a woman with a widow's peak will outlive her husband. Well tell that to a self-conscious fifth-grader and tell me how she responds.
In 5th grade, a girl in my class sidled up to me, grinning, and informed me, "You have a widow's peak, you know." No doubt there had been a couple times when I had lamented over the heart-shaped appearance of my head, but never had I explicitly said the word "widow's peak" out loud or mentioned this to anyone. I was mortified.
I went home that evening, eager to confess my embarrassment to my mom.
"Mom, I have a widow's peak," I said, then proceeded in explaining by rubbing the offending hair protruding below the rest of my hairline.
"What?" she asked.
"I have a widow's peak"
"Oh, that is called a widow's peak? If you had that a long time ago in Korea, it meant you were beautiful," she said.
I was unconvinced. In fact, I became so self-conscious that every time I went out, the first thing I noticed when I saw people was whether or not they had a widow's peak. Not content with imagining myself with a smooth hairline, I grabbed my mom's razor, crept into the bathroom and stood in...
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