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College Essay

            It is my goal to attend a UC Engineering college. A UC education will provide me with the confidence to do the best job I can. To accomplish this goal I am prepared to go above and beyond the expectations established by the university. I am prepared academically, and consider myself mature, well rounded and focused.
             In high school I excelled in sports. Since sixth grade, I have played at the highest competitive level of soccer and received numerous awards, including Tri-Valley Athlete of the week and ODP (Olympic Development Program). During tournament play, I was often selected as most valuable player and/or team captain. In my senior year, I was selected as one of three midfielders for the highly competitive first team East Bay Athletic League. I was also selected for a competitive European traveling team. During my junior year I served as junior varsity captain of the Men's Volleyball team. My sports involvement taught me about commitment and hard work and provided me with leadership opportunities. It also taught me the value of respect for others and good sportsmanship and instilled in me the self confidence to pursue my goals.
             I enjoy working with people and volunteering in the community and my church. I traveled to Mexico when I was a junior to help build a home for a poor family. As a result, of that experience I became interested in housing, particularly in the problems facing our community. I am currently involved in a housing coalition which is looking at ways to provide affordable shelter to those "working poor" and others unable to buy or rent in the area where they work. .
             All my life I have been interested in construction, structure and art. My talent with numbers and my interest in housing has led me to pursue a career in civil engineering. I am eager to work on projects that include community centers, libraries and affordable housing.
             My family is a significant part of my life.

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