Family Builds Character

In the space provided, please write a concise narrative in which you describe a meaningful event, experience or accomplishment in your life and how it will affect your college experience or your contribution to the UF campus community. You may want to reflect on your ideas about student responsibility, academic integrity, campus citizenship or a call to service.


I left my house on the first day of middle school wondering if I would fit in and if my iPod was fully charged. By the end of the day I was wondering if my mother would be alive by the time I got to seventh grade. I still vividly remember parts of that day but the year that followed is a blur. I would not wish the experience of having a parent become ill on anyone, but my mother’s diagnosis of Lymphoma--and her subsequent recovery--made me a kinder, more grateful, and more aware person. Unlike most freshmen, I know from experience that life can change in an instant. If I am given the chance to attend the University of Florida I will savor the educational and social experiences. I will become part of the Gator Nation and add a personal perspective on the fragility of life and the need to make every moment count.

Six years ago, I walked to the bus stop thinking “God, this is awful, freaking middle school.” I dragged myself down the street heading in the direction of three other pimple-faced, stout kids gathered around a Banyan tree. “Is this the stop for bus 36?” I murmured. A girl with black hair--dressed all in black--nodded almost imperceptibly. I pulled out my iPod and plugged in my earphones. Sweat began to drip down my face....

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