I woke to the alarming ring of the telephone. It was raining outside. The water
formed on my windows as tear drops; it was if the sky was crying.
The voice on the other line of the telephone was aquiver.
" Tracy?"
" Yeah?"
" Danielle is sick."
Danielle was my confidant from childhood. When she committed suicide, it made
me think that something had to be done to interrupt these empty soles from feeling so
detached. This is when my interests in psychology were born.
Psychological disorders were not new to me. I had dealt with an eating disorder of
my own my freshman year in high school; subsequently, a close friend had a similar
problem.After going through therapy, I had thought that I would really be able to help
people with similar problems.

High school was an opportunity to strengthen my future; throughout it I had
strived to evenly distribute my time between academics, activities, a job and my future. In
class I got involved in discussions and had very disciplined work habits. I was in an honor
class to help challenge myself. I was a member of the Wheeling High School honor
society and received a student of the quarter award twice.One of my poems was entered
into a state competition, and it won first place. Also, I was a teacher's aid for a whole
semester. Getting involved in school activities was very important to me. I was involved
in the school's band which allowed me to travel to Florida and march through Disney
World's Magic Kingdom; Also, I was one of the few selected to participate in the states
solo/ensemble competition. As a freshman, I was on the sophomore volleyball team . I
was captain of the Track and Field team and got to participate in two events at the IHSA
state track meet. As a member of the cheerleading squad I found myself promoting school
spirit. I worked in retail at my town's local cosmetic store. Not only did this job help
me to earn money to pay for my college education, but it opened my eyes to more aspects
of life. It taught me how to deal with a variety of people and developed my interpersonal
skills, which is a positive quality to have in my hopeful career. Every Sunday morning I
went to a nursing home in my town to do volunteer work. I did a student internship for
18 weeks and also was a member of the medical club at school. These both helped
prepare me for my future.
College is my future; it's a great chance to grow, change and expand my
knowledge. I'm looking for a challenging environment with those qualities. I know that
the University of Wisconsin-Madison is highly qualified to help me attain my goals and
Personally, I think the most interesting thing about me is that I seek good in all
humanity. I feel this is essential in the field of psychology because we can't judge
everyone. No one really knows anyone except for themselves. People cannot be
diagnosed or cured from an illness unless we can be taught of who they truly are.
I have great hopes of being a future psychologist. Please take great consideration
into accepting me to your university.

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