University of Illinois - Chicago
Please provide an essay that explains why you chose your intended program of study. What interests you the most about this major? If Undecided, what areas of study do you look forward to studying in college? (50-500 words)
This past summer, I tutored two summer school math classes for incoming freshmen in
my district. I've tutored dozens of students in my high school career, so when I was working with
these students, I wasn't expecting anything to be different. That's why I was so surprised when
the teacher pulled me aside and told me she had given a student one of my pop-tarts. He hadn't
eaten all day. My school prides itself on being diverse, but I hadn’t considered it diverse in an
economic sense until that day. I had peers who were lacking one of the basic essentials,
something I took for granted, food.
I thought I had prepared myself for any tutoring scenario. I thought I knew my school
district and every background it encompassed, but I was wrong. I learned there were people
walking the same halls as me, even sitting next to me in class, who live in conditions I couldn’t
even imagine. It was surprising and devastating.
Since this experience, my understanding of my students’ and peers’ needs have
changed. I had no idea about his struggles until it was brought to my attention. I had just
assumed that, like me, he had eaten breakfast that morning and dinner the night before. I
couldn’t believe something like that happened in my community. The...
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