University of California - Berkeley

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by Mindy Kim - November 26, 2010

Describe the world you come from -- for example, your family, community, or school -- and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.

At an age when most young girls spend their days watching Sunday morning cartoons and playing with Barbie dolls, I was struggling with the emotional turmoil that was my family. Growing up in the slums of L.A., my living situation was abominable: I could never have invited my friends over to my cockroach-infested cupboards and sparse closets. My…

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