Personal Statement - Common App Essay

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As a 3-year old boy, I recall with clarity my fear of joining other children lined up at the edge of the pool. I remember looking down at a painted black line at the bottom of the pool as if it were challenging me to jump in. I stood alone arms crossed, stealing glances at my mother who didn’t how scared I was. This was a life or death decision. I didn’t want to drown. Suddenly, my swimming instructor called my name and grabbed me at the edge of the pool pulling me into the water. I gasped for air, as I submerged below the surface. Somehow, I started to kick my feet and move my arms. I actually started to swim, and most importantly, I survived.

Twelve years later, I found myself at that same pool sitting on the lifeguard chair, making sure everyone was safe. I was stationed on a hot deck, waiting for children to jump into the 18-foot diving well. I caught sight of a young girl, who cautiously approached the edge of the pool, stared at the same black line at the bottom of the pool, and suddenly jumped into the water. Her arms flew up into the air, and as she sunk, I instinctively dove in after her. Placing my arm across her body, I scissor-kicked my way to safety at the edge of the pool. I felt a rush of pride and accomplishment...

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