University of California - Santa Cruz
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?
It was supposed to be a simple interview for entering a high school, but it felt like a grueling interrogation. In addition to having a high GPA, I had to go through two other hurdles; pass a test on seven different subjects, and go through the interview. One step away form entering the fourth best high school of Iran, I was anxious about the results of the interview. Their primary concern was to find out if I followed all of the Islamic laws as they were written in Quran. Answering their detailed questions about my religious belief and practices, I realized that in spite the relaxed religious view of my family, now I had to be a devout Muslim at school. I had to follow all of the harsh rules, which took away such simple personal choices as wearing t-shirts. The first year of my high school was like hell for me. I became an outsider because teachers and students soon figured out that I wasn’t a religious person. I didn’t want to have the same experience in the second year, so I came up with some ideas for changing the school’s laws and myself. In the second year I participated in some extracurricular activities at school and became one of the four student-elected presidents of tenth grade. Students felt my sincere dedication to...
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