U Of T Engineering Application Essay
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.
Although we had already learned about Jerry’s enthusiasm for debate in other parts of his application, this essay gave so much more depth into why this activity is meaningful for him.
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.
With discipline, I drilled, repeating a single speech dozens of times until I got it right.\r\n\r\n Day by day, I began to stand a little taller and talk a little louder both inside and outside of debate.
In a few months, my blood no longer froze when I was called on in class.