19. Discuss the subjects you excel or have excelled to what factors do you attribute your success? (7800 characters-limit)
Ever since I can remember, I have had a special affinity for mathematics. I was always regarded by my teachers as a prominent mathematician. Over the years, solving math problems became a hobby rather than a class assignment. If I had to pick someone who inspired mathematics in my life, it would have to be my father. My father was a persistent teacher who made doing math fun for me, especially when he would drill m and play games using mathematical flash cards.
My passion for mathematics was never limited to the classroom as I was selected in school for math competitions. I first competed for American Samoa’s island wide Math Competition in 2007, when I was an eighth grader; I placed in the top 15. In 2009, I was selected as a representative of Leone High School in the island wide Math Competition for high school students. Unfortunately, I did not place well, but preparing for the competition taught me new mathematical strategies when approaches in tackling difficult math problems. My determination and commitment resulted in my selection once again as a representative of Leone High School in the island wide Math Competition the following year, 2010. Regrettably, I was not well placed again. The failure made me feel discouraged and dejected, but my passion for math could not be contained, it made me resilient. Long hours of studying and personal conviction resulted in success. By the end of school year 2009-2010, I took top honors for my Pre-Calculus class which consisted of more than 280 students. Finally my hard work paid off.
My father has constantly reminded me of accomplishing a great career for the future. He always urged me toward the idea of becoming a medical doctor. Science would be the key for me to reach that goal, and having a persistent yet open-minded teacher is one of the greatest inspirations...