Outward appearances are deceiving. Everyone knows that, but who really believes it? Everyone has heard “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but how many people can say that they truly live by that philosophy? I know I can’t. Everywhere I go, I subconsciously place labels on people and things before I truly understand what it is I am looking at and I know for a fact that I am not the only one. But, over the past few years, I’ve come to see how much I exemplify “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” through my unique circumstances and I know that I will be a student unlike any USC has ever seen.
When people see me walking down the street, in the mall, or at the movie theater I imagine that many of them place labels on me just as I used to. Being a tall, skinny white guy, most people probably don’t think that I used to be chubby in seventh grade and that I joined cross country to get my body fat percentage down to seven percent. It is through this experience that I developed a drive to succeed that few can match. They probably don’t realize that I am, in fact, not white, but Cuban. As the son of a Cuban immigrant, I have learned how fortunate I am to live in a country that allows me to have economic and political freedom. I doubt that when most people see me, that they think that I have lived in two separate houses my entire life. As someone who has always gone through constant change, I have learned that stubbornness gets you nowhere and that adaptation and a calm, collected mind can get you through the most difficult of times. What is probably most surprising for people who don’t know me is that I am probably the biggest nerd they have ever seen. Because I don’t where glasses or speak with a lisp or wear tucked in, button-up shirts with pocket protectors I don’t fit the label of “nerd”, but those are only outward appearances. Those who truly know me know that I have seen each Star Wars movie about seven times, that I know an unhealthy amount of fictional Star Wars planets, that I have read the novel Eragon sixteen times, that I play around with computer settings for the fun of it, and that I’ve almost always been in all honors or AP classes.
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Now what does this have to do with what I can contribute to USC? Well, everything of course. As a student at USC, I shall pledge my own self to the University as my contribution. With the drive of a cross country runner, I will not only push myself to succeed, but I will push others as well with my team oriented mindset. I will offer differing view points with a calm and analytical mind that only someone with several cultural influences and an unusual background can give. And with the appearance of any other normal guy but with the lifestyle of a nerd, I create a bridge between the inner circles of social acceptance and the so-called social outcasts.