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Prompt: "Describe the world you come from for example, your family, community or school and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations."
I don't have a remarkable socioeconomic background, no story of my parents coming from the third world so I could succeed, etc.
Someone recommended I talk about my religion/culture as it's relatively unique and it's a big part of my life. (I am a Muslim)
However I'm not sure how to go about that.
One angle is that my religion and/or culture (they're sort of intertwined, so I don't know which one to use) don't encourage women to go to elite colleges and get fancy jobs because it's better for them to stay home and be wives and mothers. The only way I can use that to say how it shaped my aspirations is to say that my religious/cultural community, family, etc. isn't pushing me to succeed. I really want to get the best education possible for myself, and not because anyone's telling me to. I could probably quit school and get married and do just fine, but I want to do better, so I think it takes a lot of motivation and desire to want something that your religion/culture/background says you don't really need. However I want to do this without sounding like I'm rejecting my religion/culture and whatnot, because like I said it's important to me, and it's a big part of my life.