My parents migrated from Pakistan to the US with one idea in mind: to provide the opportunities for me to succeed that others in their country simply could not fathom. Fast forward around two decades later and today I stand in a position to live their dreams. I aspired to teach ever since I was a kid, teaching my parents what I learned at school every day. As I grew older, that vision not only became a goal, but my lifelong passion. Growing up, many kids my age would not pursue their dreams because they feared failure. But in my case, I ran towards opportunity headfirst. It didn't matter to me if I failed along the way, the experience is what mattered to me. While others would play it safe and go into fields where it might be easier to get a job and where it might be more comfortable, I pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone and try things out that would shake people of all ages. I started teaching kids my age at the age of 16 and to this day, I continue to teach high school and college-folk. As a high school senior, while many struggled to work a retail job, I picked up an internship at a fortune 500 company and surpassed all expectations set for me. Not only that, in the same year, I pushed my limits and I did PSEO as well, finishing off the first semester with a 3.8 GPA. These were all risks, they weren't easy. There was a chance I might not have done well in the internship or at PSEO. There was a chance I might not have done so well in teaching. And even if it didn't go well, it would not have mattered to me, because I tried. But how would I have known if a certain activity was going to work out for me or not if I didn't risk anything or try. That's what differentiates me and those around me. I'm not afraid of trying. I'm not afraid of failing, because failing only makes me stronger. My parents came to America so that I would succeed, and success does not come without failing. And I know that no matter what happens in life, I will definitely try. Opportunities don’t wait for anyone. That’s why, when opportunity comes knocking on the door, instead of being scared to open it, I greet it with a smile and make the most of it. That’s what sets me apart from those around me.