A Global Citizen

Why is the completion of a postsecondary program important to you, and what do you hope to achieve once you get a degree?

In high school, college is often made to seem like an end-all, be-all experience - the pinnacle of one's life. I know that is not true. In college we prepare for life beyond it, in my case for a lifetime of global citizenship.

I was born in China and did not arrive to the United States until I was five years old. My parents emigrated to America because they were offered graduate school assistantships at the University of Georgia. At that time, only a few students allowed to leave China for certain periods but thousands were applying, so it was an extremely rare and hard-sought opportunity for them. They were allowed to leave to continue their education, so from a very young age, I was taught that education can take me anywhere while ignorance will lead me nowhere. I have kept those teachings in my heart as I adjusted to American life, new schools, and new friends. Looking back, I can confidently say that I feel successful in my endeavors thus far because everywhere I have gone, I have tried to learn as much as possible.

In my eighteen years of life, it's been hard for me to turn down opportunities so I feel that I've taken advantage of all the opportunities that I have been given. My high school is a small, private...

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