A Beloved Leech

Tech’s motto is Progress and Service. We find that students who ultimately have a broad impact first had a significant one at home. What is your role in your immediate or extended family? And how have you seen evidence of your impact on them? (Max 300 words)


As the youngest in my family, I’ve always been what my older sister would call an attention-seeking leech. Always hungry, I feed on love, attention, and adoration as if it is my life source. But because I know how much it means to me, I try to return as much attention to each member of my family as I can, in various ways. For my mother, I am a “little cotton coat”, a dutiful listener to her rants about stressful days at work and a never-ending source of hugs. For my sister, I’ve matured from being her partner-in-crime to a frequent advisor, as though I am younger, I can be full of sageful wisdom. And for my grandparents, I am one of their greatest joys and sorrows, as my playful nature sometimes sees no bounds.

To my family as a whole, however, I play a different role: the mediator. Both fiercely hot-tempered, my mother and my sister fight over just about everything. Though flawed myself, I can see past the loud voices and scowls to understand their true meanings. So when I hear the familiar sound of my sister’s angry accusations of missed opportunities, I know she really means, I’m hurt because I thought you wanted the best for me, and when my mother fires back just as mercilessly, I know she means, I care about you and I...

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