Personal Statement Essay: My Passion For Human Rights

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“Our hopes for a more just, safe, and peaceful world can only be achieved when there is universal respect for the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family.” – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Throughout my life, I have never been completely decisive on a career path. However, in the last few years I have realized that my passion for human rights advocacy is my natural calling which I am destined to pursue. As I entered my first year of college at the University of Maryland – College Park, I took a specific interest in a group known as Consult Your Community. The organization allows undergraduate students to engage with low-income and minority-owned small businesses to provide pro bono consulting services. I …show more content…

My parents are both hard working immigrants from India who built a life and a family in a new country, in which they could not speak the language. Although I grew up in a low-income family with very few luxuries, my parents placed a large emphasis on pursuing a post-secondary education. Unfortunately, my parents did not have the funds necessary to pay for my entire post-secondary education. In order to put myself through college I have relied on scholarships and my own hard work. Last summer, I worked 72 hours a week as a landscaper to earn just enough money to pay for my first year of college. The FEA scholarship is critical in helping me achieve my goal of studying abroad. The scholarship will allow me to receive a great education in a beautiful country while giving me the opportunity to make a lifelong impact in Brazil. With my passion for human rights and past experience in consulting services, I believe I can make a significant impact in the favela communities of Brazil while working towards my career goal of becoming a human rights activist. Thank you so much for your

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