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Julie Paul '10

Revere, MA
Major: Chemical Engineering

Julie Paul ’10I was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Revere. My mother, a nurse's assistant and my sister, a 2009 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B.S. Graduate of Boston University, currently live at home in Revere and have always supported me in everything that I do. I went to Revere High School and many of the teachers there are still curious with what I have been up gp, and are also very supportive of me. AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, Anatomy and Physiology and AP English are a few of the classes I took at Revere High. I also played volleyball, ran track and threw the shotput. My family has never been well off and my mother has struggled to support my sister and I while we were growing up, Choosing to come to MIT was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I am grateful that MIT admitted me. Once I was admitted, there was no question as to where I would attend college.

I applied because I got a brochure that said 'the best experience for your brain." I never really thought I would get accepted but I knew that I was a capable student. I was always interested in math and sciences.

As Henry Thoreau said:

"I learned this, by experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours...If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."

I have always wanted to challenge myself and get a good education. My parents were both Haitian immigrants and have taught me that an education was essential for having a good life. I took that very seriously anI have enjoyed learning, pushing myself and strencthening my endurance. Others may think that my financial situation should have been an obstacle, but it was not. I never allowed my family's financial status to interfere with me reaching my potential, and MIT has not either. My biggest obstacle was trying to figure out how much I could push myself.

MIT Financial Aid has given me an education at the most prestigious engineering school. This is one of the best things that I have been able to experience, both academically and personally. I have grown so much and I owe it to this amazing opportunity.

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