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Faculty Essay


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When I was a much younger person, I had grandiose plans for myself. In the final weeks of my high school career, I participated in a scholarship competition. Members of the selection committee peppered me and a few of my classmates with questions about our future plans. After an hour of perfunctory and banal back and forth about college selection and potential courses of study, a member of the committee said, “We are having a very difficult time deciding which finalist is most deserving of the award.” The committee then asked each of us to provide a one-word response that encapsulated why we deserved the money. With no hesitation, I told them that I deserved the scholarship because I was ambitious. I won the award and it helped finance my first year of higher education.

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