My start was difficult, and I stuttered more than I spoke in those first few weeks.
Nonetheless, I began using the same tools as I did when I learned to speak all those years ago: practice and time.
I began interacting with my teachers more and leading my peers in clubs.
In discussions, I put forward my ideas with every bit as much conviction as my classmates.
When seniors began to ask me for advice and teachers recruited me to teach underclassmen, I discovered not only that I had been heard, but that others wanted to listen.
At heart, I am still reserved (some things never change), but in finding my voice, I found a strength I could only dream of when I stood in silence so many years ago.\r\n\r\n Standing in front of the crowd of students, it was my hope that by founding this program, I could give them an experience that was as empowering as mine had been for me.
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Rather than simply telling us what he’s interested in, Akash shows us his journey through a variety of academic fields in order to paint a picture of who he is today.","_modules_admissions_14_content_0_body":"field_58dd957c14807","modules_admissions_14_content":["body"],"_modules_admissions_14_content":"field_58dd956c14806","modules_admissions_3_tag_text":"","_modules_admissions_3_tag_text":"field_58dd955014803","modules_admissions_3_heading":"Hear from the Class of 2023","_modules_admissions_3_heading":"field_58dd955614804","modules_admissions_3_lead":"These selections represent just a few examples of essays we found impressive and helpful during the past admissions cycle.","_modules_admissions_3_lead":"field_58dd955e14805","modules_admissions_3_content_0_body":"We hope these essays inspire you as you prepare to compose your own personal statements.
For better or for worse, I decided to finally make my voice heard.\r\n\r\n Scanning the school club packet, I searched for my place. But then, I sat in on a debate team practice and was instantly hooked.
I was captivated by how confidently the debaters spoke and how easily they commanded attention.