I found I could finally look other people in the eyes when I talked to them without feeling embarrassed.
My posture straightened and I stopped fidgeting around strangers.
Given what he shared in his essay, we can imagine Jerry being an active participant both in and out of the classroom.","Jerry’s essay helped the admissions committee understand his background and how he persevered and grew through debate.
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I knew that this was the path forward.\r\n\r\n Of course, this was all easier said than done.
Whenever it was my turn to debate, I found that I was more of a deer in the headlights than a person enjoying the spotlight.
I began interacting with my teachers more and leading my peers in clubs.
In discussions, I put forward my ideas with every bit as much conviction as my classmates.
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.