Moving On This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     Here is who I am: I grew up in a predominantly Jewish suburb, in a Jewish family. I celebrate the same holidays as all my friends, have days off from school for Jewish holidays, and feel comfortable in my community.

Here is where I desire to go: Texas, a state and college where I will be part of the minority, where everybody else will be celebrating “other” holidays, where I am not in my comfort zone, where I will be different.

There is much to discover in Texas, and in order to grow, I must meet people who have had different life experiences. Over 80% of the students at the University of Texas are from Texas. Few are Jewish. Through many encounters with the student body, I will open my mind to the rest of the world that is so different from the place where I grew up.

I want to meet many people who represent the ideal that the United States is a melting pot. While looking at my town, one would be shocked to know that less than 5% of the country is Jewish, as there are more than a dozen synagogues and only a few churches. I want to encounter the realities of our country. College is all about growth, and in order to grow I must be surrounded by individuals whose beliefs and customs are unfamiliar to me.

I have lived a sheltered life, but college will be a steppingstone, a foundation on which to become more open-minded and well-rounded. I want to branch out and experience as much as possible through the constant encounters that I will have with students at the University of Texas. What better place to face the melting pot of our country?

I will be able to find my true identity as I deal with difficult situations. Going to college in a different part of the country won’t be easy, but it will be life-changing. An individual cannot be scared of the unknown. By meeting so many people at the University of Texas, I will embrace, get to know, and finally understand different cultures, races, and religions. The classmate I hope to encounter is not one person, but the University of Texas.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 3:23 am
i love this so much!
KimKarma said...
Sept. 21, 2008 at 9:11 pm
I really love the structure of this essay. It's not too lengthy but it gets your point across which proves you're a concise writer. I also like how you don't directly say "I should be accepted to the University of Texas because..." but rather, you subtly imply the reasons why it would be a positive experience for you. You show the college the diversity that you would bring to the campus and that's definitely a plus. Congrats on a great essay! =]
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