I grew up in the suburbs of Tokyo, Japan, a city with a wonderful tradition and a rich culture. Growing up and studying in Japan meant that I had to be assertive and clever. Before I was given the scholarship to study in the United States, I had to take part in intensive and competitive examinations. This was a lifeline because I’ve always been hoping to research in the U.S. My dad, who I grew up looking for, claimed that Japan had the best education system, but he urged me to apply for a scholarship. My father was an investigative journalist for the Japan Times. Just like my dad, I have always held my expectations high because I believe in not only doing my best, but doing what is required of me at any given time without compromising my integrity. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like us to take a look at the first chapter of my life tittled “determination and Pereseverence”.
Determination and Perseverance.
A couple of years after gaining admission in high school, my father who had created a reputation for himself as a shrewd and an uncompromising journalist was detained by the state for fifteen months for doing a story on unprecedented levels in the country. He firmly believed that it was his job to expose shady and unscrupulous politicians and people in business in the country. This was indeed, the most trying moment in my life. Friends avoided us like the plague due to fears of being victimised by the state while some felt my father had overstepped boundaries.
I had to change schools every three months and use a different name so as not be associated with my father. Despite the many challenges I faced early in life, I perfectly understood that there was a tremendous cost in giving up (Burley, 2017). I stayed determined in my pursuit of academic excellence and passing the rigorous tests was never an option for me. Due my father’s detention, my family was forced to live in abject penury. From my father’s arrest and his determination to tell the truth, I learnt that we should always defend the truth at all times. Furthermore, I learnt that we can only gain peoples respect by being men of integrity and unwavering faith. Let us now focus on the second chapter of my life titled “Breakthrough”.
My academic success mirrors my willingness to be to 10% of my graduating class and be the most passionate and qualified architecture graduate. Whenever I feel like giving up because my goals seem unattainable, I reflect on my father who is held in high esteem back in Japan for his bravery and commitment to informing the people of Japan. After graduating with a distinction, I volunteered with “Make a Difference” an organisation that focuses on providing affordable housing for low-income families in Detroit.
While working with the agency, I designed three of the most fascinating and breathtaking buildings in Detroit. Moreover, I won three consecutive awards as the best volunteer and the most creative architect in Detroit (Murai, 2017). While working with the organisation, I came across families living in extreme poverty levels and many of them at the brink of giving up. From the incident, I learnt that we have a responsibility to transform the lives of those around us. To date, I still strive to be the best by learning from those around me. I would like to take the committee through the last chapter of my life titled “Getting Better”.
Throughout my life, I have alaways appreciated importance of being creative and an active team player. I firmly believe that more potential is realised when working as a team than when working individually. If granted an opportunity to be part of your staff, I will do my utmost best to ensure that the company’s mission and vision are achieved. Additionally, I believe that my vast wealth of experience will be of maximum benefit to the firm. This is assured because of the knowledge that I have acquired throughout my academic journey and the period during which I volunteered with Make a Difference.
During my volunteers, I gained core values of life such as compassion and the importance of hard work which have helped me appreciate the importance of hard work to human beings. During my academic journey, I suffered from acute diabetes. Fortunately, I met a doctor who took me through a series of treatments until I fully recovered. Ladies and gentlemen that was a brief look into the last chapter of my life which unlike the other episodes, is filled with more opportunities and achievements. The three chapters make up my amazing life story, the struggles I faced while growing up, attaining academic excellence and lastly being recognised as the most creative architect in Detroit. Indeed, there is a tremendous cost in giving up.
Burley, K. (2017). Importance of Teamwork. Chron.com, Retrieved From http://smallbusiness.chron.com/describe-importance-teamwork-17901.html.
Murai, S. (2017). INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. The Japan Times, 55-66.