My inspiration to work toward a just society came from twopersonal experiences. Both experiences help me to understand thedignity of the individual and working towards a common good.I have attended an international school for thirteen years. Atschool, I met many students from around the world who representeddifferent cultures and spoke many other languages. These visitors toTexas wanted friendship as well as help navigating a largeschool and a new way of life.
Despite our differences, we all workedto understand each other and appreciate our diversity. We followed aschool principle that encouraged us to speak out on the rareoccasions when a student’s culture was criticized.The second experience occurred at the end of summer in 2017. On August 28, 2017, Hurricane Harvey destroyed my family home.
Myfamily and I were rescued on a boat by a policeman and taken to thelocal high school. When we arrived, I saw the school was filledwith donations from local businesses and residents who wanted to helpthe evacuees. The donors did not care about anyone’s background orculture.
What mattered to them was that there was an immediate needfor help.The hurricane was the most traumatic experience to ever happen tome. But it also showed me the goodness in people especially in timesof tragedy. When the flood subsided, my family had to start thehard work of cleaning our flood-damaged home. Many people cameby our house to help with the clean-up. There were those who stoppedby offering cleaning supplies, water, and sandwiches. Friendsand strangers came to give us a hand without asking for anything inreturn. With these experiences, I can appreciate CWRU’s ideals laid out inthe school’s Core Values: academic excellence and impact,inclusiveness and diversity, integrity and transparency, andeffective stewardship.
As a prospective CWRU graduate, I amcommitted to upholding these values by doing the following: To meet the academic excellence and impact, I plan to tutor those who may need extra help to realize their full potential. To meet inclusiveness and diversity, I accept, rather than just tolerate, differences among people. To accept means I will work to help bring a diverse community together so that our differences bring us closer instead of breaking us apart. To meet integrity and transparency, I plan to conduct myself to be beyond reproach. To meet effective stewardship, I plan to help the needy, by volunteering at a food pantry or resale shop and helping under-privileged children with their school work. I firmly believe that dignity is inherent in every person andrecognizing this is the foundation for promoting a just society.
Ajust society recognizes the worth of every individual. It also urgeseveryone to work together to achieve a common good and to treatothers as they would want to be treated.