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Write about a challenge you had to overcome and how it changed you as a person:
I've had many challenges in my life. It all started when I was a little boy growing up in a gang ridden suburban town. My daddy smoked crack and my mom beat me when she came home from her job of smuggling chinchillas, so at the age of 5 I decided it was time to run away from that atmosphere of stifling aggression and addiction. I ran away to the city, where I lived in the system of sewers beneath the concrete and was raised by a family of sewer gators, kind of like that boy who was raised by a family of wolves.
I stayed there until I was 10. At that point I decided it was time to return to the surface and try to seek an education in order to better myself. I lived on the streets homeless for a long time. I chose a spot behind the local public library, where I would fish books out of the dumpster in order to self-educate myself. It was when I came across these books that I realized that biomedical engineering and medicine was my true calling in life. So I begin to try to find a cure for cancer in order to cure my ailing gator father. He's been sick for a long time, but I believe I'm making good progress.
On the streets, I also realized that I need to give back to the community. I began going around the city, collecting bricks and wood thrown in the trash. I found a spot by a river where I decided to build a school for impoverished homeless children just like myself. It took me years to build that school with my bare hands, but I'm proud to say that I have succeeded in building it.
I recently got accepted to Harvard, Yale, and other illustrious over-priced schools, but I need help with some of the financing. That's where this scholarship can help me.
All the challenges in life have made me who I am. I am strong, confident, and determined. I know that I must earn everything in life, that nothing is ever truly free. My childhood paid the price, but my adulthood will reap the rewards, because I am a better person now and I can help others.