It’s my dream to study at Rice University and I believe that my cultural tradition and rich life experiences would positively influence the life and the Residential College System of the institution. I am a freshman at the University of Houston and a member of the Honors College. I am applying to Rice as a transfer student for the Fall 09. Since this university is well known for its academics, social life, and opportunities of success, I am sure it would do wonders for my personal and career growth.
But I don’t intend to just take from it; rather I want to make my association with this esteemed institution as an experience of mutual well being and growth. With whatever wealth I have in terms of experiences and skills, I intend to utilize them not only for my personal benefit but also for the benefit of this institution.
I am confident about the fact that I would be an asset for Rice. I am a multi-lingual individual. I can fluently converse in English, Spanish (both Mexican and Castilian) Farsi, and French. Hence I would be able to cross the boundaries that language imposes on human beings. Any interpersonal relationship thrives on the quality of communication that is being shared by individuals. Due to my knowledge in a large number of languages I would be able to do so and try to bridge the communication gaps if any.
I am privileged of being multi-cultural. I come from a Hispanic as well as Iranian background. Therefore I know the richness and intricacies of both these cultures. My multicultural upbringing has taught me several valuable lessons in life. I know that everyone has deep respect for their culture, no matter which culture they belong to. I have learnt that no culture is superior or inferior to the other. Every culture has its own values and traditions.
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Every culture should be respected for its uniqueness. These lessons have made me a very broadminded individual. I think this viewpoint and way of thinking would help me to create a very congenial atmosphere with my fellow students who would come from different cultural backgrounds.
I do not only respect multiculturalism but also know the various customs that is different from culture to culture but still have a single goal and that is to bring happiness to the lives of the people and a breath of fresh air from the daily hustle and bustle of life. This insight can be put to good use, as I would be able to amalgamate my knowledge of different cultures, customs, and languages in a manner in which no one feels left out or like an outsider. I would try to instill the feeling that everyone is a part of the same group, and despite having varied colors, cultures and customs, they should believe in the motto of equality, love and peace.
I am an avid traveler and have visited countries like France, Holland, Germany, Azerbaijan, Mexico and Iran. Seeing so many different cultures have laid a great impact on my personality. I have developed a respect for the diversity that people from different regions bring to the world. This attitude would certainly help me in propagating the idea of unity in diversity within the university campus and in the residential college.
Throughout my high school, I played an active role in a variety of activities. I was a member of the National Honor Society, President of the Sociedad Honararia Hispanica, Information Officer and Webmaster of the 22nd JROTC Wolfpack Battalion and Activities coordinator of the Health Occupations Students of America Chapter. All these roles that I have played has given me excellent exposure and experience of organizing various events, which I can put to great use at the Rice University. I have also developed leadership skills and the techniques of being a good teammate which is yet another important skill to be an integral part of such a reputed institution.
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I am an avid ballroom dancer, and a violinist. These skills have given me a chance to be a part of several competitions. I am also a private tutor for elementary students and volunteer at many hospitals in Houston including the West Houston Medical Center. I think my involvement with these activities have instilled in me the quality of being empathetic to others and being down to earth in all circumstances. These are one of the important aspects of my personality, which has deeply influenced the way in which I approach life and interact with everyone. I think these personality traits would be very positive for the institution where I intend to study.
In terms of academics I was 8th in a class of over 500 with a grade point average of 4.7/ 5.0 with all As. I plan to take the SAT in March and since I am academically inclined, I am confident of getting a good score. Though I believe that a test score does not predict how successful an individual will be in life, being punctual and dedicated to studies certainly impact the college life. I am determined to use my full potential and not only achieve my dreams and aspirations but also make a difference to the world.
I am interested in majoring in Bioengineering. I aspire to go to a medical school in future and become a neurologist. Bioengineering is a stepping-stone to achieve my aspirations. I am also greatly interested in research, especially in nanotechnology, stem cells, and diseases such as cancer and AIDS. Though University of Houston is a great university, it does not offer the courses that are a part of my future plans.
Therefore I would love to be a part of the Rice University. I am confident that my association with it is not only beneficial to me, rather my multicultural background and knowledge is beneficial for generating an air of unity and respect for all within the campus. My attitude of considering everyone equal, treating everybody with respect and always trying to maintain a congenial atmosphere around me would contribute immensely to the life at Rice.