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During Winterim, I worked at my family's pizza shop in Dana Point, California! I have spent so many of my childhood days working alongside my dad and will always cherish the memories that I have made in a place made of four walls. 

I started working in middle school and have been welcoming guests, maintaining restaurant cleanliness, and operating a social media page ever since I can remember. I am grateful for the experiences that I have gained in our restaurant and am so glad that I got to meet so many kind and amazing people from all over California. Some customers told us that they even traveled from San Francisco to visit us. 

When I applied to Dartmouth, I wrote about our family restaurant, more specifically about being a breadstick, and the meaning behind my metaphor.  For me, my family's history revolves around me like dough and is a big part of my identity. I created an essay that gave the admissions committee a different perspective of me, something new that wasn't included in other parts of my application. I wanted to share the experiences that I have lived and how it has shaped me into the person that I am today. I shared my goals, motivations, and gratitude for life. 

When I was applying to colleges, I wanted to go somewhere with a similar tight-knit community feel, a place where I would be able to flourish and improve upon myself. Now, as I enter the Winter term of my freshman year, I know that I made the best decision ever, which was applying to Dartmouth.  

I remember spending so many months on this essay, and I was so happy when I submitted my entire application. I knew that I did everything to the best of my ability and was proud of the final product. To prospective students, I think the best piece of advice I have is to show your true self and be proud of yourself for everything that makes you, you.

P.S. Here are some pictures of my Winterim!

Amy helping me assemble pizza boxes!

inside restaurant
Here is a snapshot of the inside of our family restaurant!

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