I have been someone who has been living in a dream. More accurately I have been living in a protective bubble my parents have made for me, but nonetheless I can say I have not been exposed to what's out there. I had all these preconceived notions about things beyond my home, beyond my school, and beyond my community. My already weak sense of security already being tested, I put on a brave face to tell the world I need to be able to survive whatever will hit me next. Yet at the same time, I realize I am blessed to be in the socioeconomic situation I am in and can live and work comfortably to reach my goals. But I do my best to uphold my core values: excellence, tolerance, and integrity.

Excellence to me is doing whatever it takes to get the job well done. I am willing to stay up late or wake up early to get assignments done, although I would have managed my time better to avoid doing so. Tolerance is important in living in a society because although we might come across with people we disagree with, we have to coexist and cooperate in order to improve our chances of success.

I uphold my core values because I do what I have to do. As a member of society, as a child of my parents, as a person, there are expectations for me based on my opportunities and my potentials. I consider them as motivation to work hard and will make every endeavor to take advantage of them. Society and my parents believes in my potential to take advantage of my opportunities and if I fail, I'm afraid I would disappoint them and let their investment go to waste. I may be afraid of failure, but I recognize their value in learning from them and succeeding in the future.

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