University of California - Santa Cruz
The World of Science
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
What started as a simple chemistry project turned into a huge part of my life for two and a half months. Amanjeet, my partner, and I spent at least two hours each day in our school laboratory measuring acids and bases, calculating pH levels, and reading burettes. Each day, we lost ourselves more and more in the world of science. For those two hours, nothing mattered except our science project.
Finally, the day came when we would challenge numerous projects created by other students in the county science fair. We had no chance at winning - our competition was fierce - and yet Amanjeet and I refused to give up without a fight. We presented ourselves as professionally as we could. By the end of the day, I felt that we had tried our best, but I believed we still wouldn’t win.
Weeks passed, and Amanjeet and I waited nervously for the results. On announcement day, I was so anxious that my hands shook as I clicked onto the science fair website. And then, something miraculous: I saw our names on the screen!
“We won?” I exclaimed in utter joy. “But...but we kind of messed up on our interview with the judges...and our board didn’t look that good.” I quickly picked up the phone and called Amanjeet, who was equally shocked. Our victory...
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