Communities form a special part of one’s personal development. I have been privileged to be a part of the community in which people have established bonds and close affiliation by familiarity with the families’ last names. As a member of an eastern culture, communities are regarded secondary in importance to the basic unit of society, which is the family.  There are four members in my family: father, mother, sister, and I. I am the youngest among all; yet, as a male member of my family, I have to shoulder heavy responsibility. In Asia, the roles of men and women are distinguished clearly, especially when there is only one male member in the entire family; more so, in the community. My grandmother had two sons and the older one was only gifted with two daughters. However, the younger one, my father, was able to have me as his son. Since I was born as a son, all the other family members believed that I will someday become a successful man and support the family.

My grandmother’s family used to live a wealthy life because of my grandfather’s import-export business. Nevertheless, one day, his business and wealth unexpectedly collapsed when one of his boats with important goods sank in the middle of transport. Because of that boat, our family had to give up everything and start at the bottom. Since I had heard that story for the first time in elementary school, I have been encouraged to value work to achieve my dream. I learned the skills of entrepreneurship, the need to develop leadership skills, and the tenacity to endure challenges and assume a proactive and vigilant stance in sustaining and supporting business endeavors. I plan to become successful as a proud male member of this my family and community and be an instrumental part in manifesting a pillar of strength and longevity in the future. I am sure that by being accepted to Michigan University’s Management Science Program, one’s personal and professional goals would become a reality.