"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."

here is what I came up with:

My dreams have been most influenced by two things: my religion and my family. My religion is Islam, and it has always played a large role in my life. I've always been fascinated by Islam and have always wanted to know as much as I could about it. Realizing the lack of knowledge people in my community have about Islam has only made me more determined to learn about it. Growing up, I have come across many people, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, who misunderstood Islam. The Muslim community around me is very small and there seems to be a lack of knowledge within the people. Since I was a child I have wanted to teach people about what Islam really is because I've seen people misleading others because they twisted things around for their own personal gain.

I wish to use the knowledge I would gain to be a teacher myself. My dream is to be a teach Islamic studies so I can have studied what I want, and make money from it too. Money is not my only reason for wanting to study Islam in school, but I do want to start a family some day and I would need to be able to take care of my wife and children. I'd need to give them a nice safe place to live, unlike where I grew up. I would need to have a way to support them, to give them a nice house in a good community to live in, food to eat, clothes to wear, a nice, reliable car to drive, and be able to give them the things they want as well so that they could live happy lives.

I wouldn't want my children growing up in the same type of neighborhood I grew up in. I don't want any children of mine having the same type of childhood I had. And being educated in my religion, I pray, would prevent me from making the same mistakes my parents made that lead to the marital issues between that later caused their divorce. I'd hate for my kids to live the way I live right now. Misery and depression is something I want to keep away from my family. And part of my religion is to do the best I can for my family, to give them the best that I can and I intend to follow that rule.

I want to be a good example to my children, something that would be quite hard to do if I didn't properly care for my family. Looking back on my childhood, I see that my parents were not the type of examples they should have been. As a child, I always thought my family was perfectly happy, but now I see just how miserable my childhood was. Marital issues between my parents caused a great deal of problems for my siblings and I. Their relationship with each other was ruining their relationships with us children.

There were no good influences in the house and there certainly weren't any outside. I was lost when I finally realized the real condition of my family. I began to think I was destined for sadness and pain my entire life and so I stopped caring. I no longer cared for anything, and so everything in my life began to suffer for it, including my grades. Fortunately, I was able to get myself back together in time and am now working on a better future for myself. With all the pain and sorrow of the past, I am even more determined to to reach my dreams.