1 – Tell us about an experience, in school or out, that taught you something about yourself and/or the world around you.
My education life has taught me something important about myself. Before I found it out, I used to leave things incomplete. For instance, I would leave the homework half way, eat part of my meals and leave the rest. I was not doing badly in my education, but I was not doing enough to utilize my full potential. In 2007, at the Alkhaleej Alarabi Independent School for boys, I decided to pursue excellence in my education. That year, I got three awards for my exemplary performance in my school work. From that moment, I realized that I had not been giving the right amount of energy to whatever I was doing, hence the previous substandard performance. Ever since I Iearnt to give the maximum energy I can in everything I do, I have performed beyond expectations. I have excelled in almost all the activities I undertake. My most notable achievement from the experience is doing my best to become the best student in Grade 10 at the Musab bin Omair Independent secondary school for boys in 2015. Now, I believe I can achieve everything I set out to do, provided I put in the required effort.
2 – Be it inside or outside of the classroom, what have you done to challenge yourself intellectually? Describe an issue, topic or area of study that you have investigated or pursued.
I was not initially a good performer in Math. Therefore, I had to investigate how other students managed to perform better in Mathematics than me. While I performed fairly in all the other subjects, I realized that math was dragging me behind and I have to do something about it. This was back in the year 2007 when I discovered that I was capable of doing anything I set to do. To determine how other students interpreted the math problems, I had to hang around some of the top performers in the subject during class exercises. This way, I got to learn that it does not take a genius to solve mathematical problems. All you need to have is an open mind that can critically examine the problem without leaving out any requirement. During my investigation, I also found out that a math problem could be divided into parts that can be solved independently to avoid confusion. As I emulated my findings, I became the best student in all subjects in the school.
3 – Explain how you responded to a problem and/or an unfamiliar situation. What did you do, what was the outcome, and what did you learn from the experience?
Between 2009 and 2013, I enrolled in a Thai-Boxing class. I had grown accustomed to challenges, and, therefore took up the task as such. However, the situation was tricky for me since I had not engaged in an activity that required so much defense in my life. I had to be careful whenever I stepped into the ring irrespective of whether it was on a training session or a tournament. I realized that to evade the painful and frustrating jabs and kicks from my opponents, I had to work on my reflexes. I inquired on the right tactics to improve my speed from my instructor and started training. The results of the training were unbelievable. I was not only able to become the fastest in the club, but the coach also used me to train senior players that were due to participate in serious tournaments. I would gauge their reflexes by attacking them in quick successive jabs. Their responses would determine their readiness. From this unfamiliar situation, I learned that as we better ourselves, we also get the chance to make those around us better.
4 – Describe up to five activities that you have pursued in one or more of the following areas… Please outline the activity and describe how it affected you or others.
- Leadership/group contributions (e.g., student government, community activity, family responsibility; involvement in Aboriginal culture or community)
- Academic achievements (e.g., research project; success in a contest; prize for high standing)
- Sports (e.g., team membership; participation in competitions)
- Creative and performing arts
- Service to others