by Ana Penella
December 14th, 2017
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I am a firm believer of the fact that my high school years have really shaped me as a person. Throughout this time, I have become a determined risk taker, a quality that has proven to be useful when going to other floors after check in, and I have learnt the importance of commitment, to binge-watching the second season of Stranger Things despite of the extended essay deadline, for example. Furthermore, my intellectual creativity has improved considerably and was rather fruitful when I had to improvise my TOK presentation on the spot.
What makes me different from other candidates are my unique public speaking and persuasive skills; I can convince people to order Siba with the purpose of meeting the minimum delivery cost in only minutes! I am also extremely flexible and I adapt easily to new environments, after all, I learnt how to emotionally deal with living with a colossal pile of dirty dishes in my kitchen, and got used to studying amongst the roaring screams of my floormates.
I truly believe that I would be a perfect fit for your university. I’ve been dreaming of attending this prestigious and respectable institution since the moment that I saw your pretty and colorful webpage. Similarly, I greatly admire your innovative approach to education, especially your non-standardised test policy because with all those ManageBac deadlines, ain’t nobody got time for SATs. The location of your university was also an important factor in my decision to apply since I’ve always wanted to study abroad in order to acquire new experiences, and I can’t wait to get as far as possible from the dreadful Dutch weather. Most importantly, I am a strong believer of the idea that your school and I would be a great match given that you provide financial aid and I need money. In fact, I probably only found out about you guys from the Davis Scholars website.
My role models in life are Nelson Mandela and Kurt Hahn because in my eyes, they are two of the most influential people in world history, and I am a devoted advocate of the belief that education is the most powerful tool to unite nations and cultures, or to “change the world”? Was it “to save the word”? Anyways, I’ll probably just copy-paste the UWC mission statement somewhere around here.
Candidly, my UWC experience has made me more sensitive towards my surroundings and has significantly deepened my understanding of other cultures and traditions. I am the proud owner of a Nepalese hemp backpack and I know all the lyrics of “Despacito”; I am truly impressed with how far I’ve come regarding open mindedness. I would not change anything about this experience, maybe just the mensa food.
In conclusion, I am a nice person so please pick me. If I don’t go to uni my parents will kill me. Thank you.
Ana Penella is a second year student at United World College Maastricht. Ana has been a part of the Flying Dutchman as a writer since September 2017.