david yanez

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Name: david yanez
User Type: Prospective Student
Biography: Personal Statement

So who am I? What do I represent? What do I wish to achieve in my life? These are questions we long ask ourselves. Long driven by a deep human desire for purpose and meaning in one’s own life, but “How can we be anything less than important?” is a question I often ask. Throughout my life it has always been clear to me that our lives are not our own, but that we are all intertwined with one another. It is because of this knowledge/belief that I strive to, each day, help all those who cross my path. For me the question has never been “what do I want to do in my life?” but rather “What problems will I strive to solve”. For me I want to solve problems on a global scale, to be right in the action both physically and mentally. This is why I have decided to become an officer in the United States Marine Corps. To protect and spread the God-given freedom all mankind deserve: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I know that there are a plethora of ways I can contribute to society throughout the world both safer and easier, but who am I to sit around on the sidelines of tyranny. I don’t want the “easy way”. The people who make it in this world are those who take the road less traveled. A quote by George Bernard Shaw: “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them”. This is a belief I hold dear and true to my heart because in the end we ourselves are the only ones accountable for our own success in our lives. So, to answer the questions up top: I am a son, I am a student, I am a young man, I am a fighter, I am a leader, and I represent a belief. That “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”, and all I could hope to achieve in this life is to help others see that too.
I didn’t always think this way. Growing up I had everything I could want, and I could care less for others. I was a spoiled, ignorant, selfish brat. At the time, I was living with my father, and there my family’s success and wealth was at its peak. All of my families businesses were flourishing and growing beyond the imaginable. We lived in big houses, drove fancy cars, and I was being sent to pristine private schools. For brief moment, it truly felt like being on top of the world, like nothing could touch us. If we were to fall off our mountaintop, we believed would land safely upon our wealth, but that’s the funny thing about money: it isn’t real.
When we fell, which we did, we fell hard. In what would seem to be in a blink of an eye, my family lost nearly everything, and, eventually, my father and I were forced to live on the streets bouncing roof to roof for quite sometime. It was during this time that my father found God in Christianity, and it was there that he met so many people, who didn’t even know us, help us get back on our feet, which pushed us and motived us to keep going. It was because of these selfless acts that I started to see life in a different perspective and realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to something greater then my own, like the marine corps, and give back to my community just as they gave back to me.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil.
Is for good men to do nothing”
~ Edmund Burke
Url: http://davidyanezsblog.weebly.com
Academic Interest: Engineering
Year of Graduation: 2014
Hometown: Chicago, IL

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Member Since: Oct 5, 2013
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