Student Number: 9181         Martinez, Sophia Lei L.        Taft Batch 1   MWF  Roofdeck

Take-home mock UPCAT essay paper

“Make the most elaborate lie you can think of about yourself.”


Have you ever wondered who you are as an individual in a different set of eyes? Have you ever paused for a moment and think about what you could have done to become what you could have been? Have you ever asked yourself what you are willing to do and what you are capable of doing to have a significant purpose in this vast earth? All these questions could be surmised into two simple questions: “who am I?” and “what am I for?”.

We, as unique individuals, are in constant search for our own identity. We cannot summon and claim our identity overnight. It takes a great deal of time and perseverance to discover, nurture, and protect who we are.

Now, I am asked to write an elaborate lie about myself. For one, I am still in the state of confusion and in the process of digesting who I really am and what my sole purpose is, and I am afraid the irony could worsen my condition. Setting that aside, I am still willing to find myself in the process of finishing this paper. Recalling last month’s conversation with my mother, she asked what I wanted to become by means of my career. All I answered her was, “happy”. That was the ultimate truth I could tell her at that time. Who doesn’t want to be happy anyway? For instance, I have a lot of interests and aspirations, and choosing a college program that could hit all of them with just one stone seems too good to be true. In other words, I still am undecided about who I am going to be in the near future. Fortunately, I have already narrowed down my choices of college programs. And all there is for me is to choose which one I think I would excel and be happy in.

Without much further ado, let’s start with the lie. I am going to tell you everything about the girl I’ve never been and what goes on in this girl’s mind. And I believe the best way to do just that is to be that girl.

I would like to introduce myself as someone who could pass as a Victoria’s Secret model. With my face value and my astonishing height, I consider myself as someone elite and better than everyone else. I prefer to go out and party ‘til I can party no more. And just so you know, books are my enemies. I don’t get why people read them when you can just go to the mall and shop for the newest fashion trends with your girl friends… I like to blow my money on the silliest things and that is why I am completely happy and contented with my life. I never want to improve! My money took me to where I am now, and my money could get me anything I could wish for.

I am also emotionally stable. I don’t over-think and I don’t give a damn on what could possibly happen to me. My money could take care of that. I don’t have goals in life because I think they’re a major contributing factor to stress. I am not outspoken with my thoughts – since people don’t care anyway – but I do like to boss everyone around. A day in my life is just a sunny day beside the pool, sipping lemonade while a maid coats me with sunscreen. And when the night comes, I head to the club with my gang wearing the skimpy dresses we bought from the mall and watch the boys stare and fall behind us. Pretty cool, huh? You’re jealous of what I have, aren’t you? Young, wild, and free baby!

… And that concludes the biggest, most embarrassing lie about who I am. Have you ever felt like you were possessed by a completely contrasting spirit? I just did. As that spirit took over me and typed the words above, I also got the picture of who I would not want to become. First of all, I don’t have the looks and the height of a model. Second, my self-esteem isn’t something to be proud of. I absolutely don’t “party ‘til I can party no more”. I am not rich and therefore I don’t have the fortune to get me anything that I want. I am also not emotionally stable. As I have said, my self-esteem isn’t something to be proud of. I over-think a lot and doing that just gives me a whole new set of worries. I am outspoken and goal-driven. I am willing to do anything to follow my dreams and fulfill my goals. Lastly, books are my first love. I would rather barricade myself in my room and spend an entire day with a book than hang out with my friends.

At first, I thought merely having an idea about this essay’s topic is unattainable. I had to look at myself first then defy the thought of who I am. But writing that helped me find more about myself. Paradoxical, isn’t it? I guess that’s how some things work.

Let my writing serve as a way for you, my reader, to find your identity. Don’t be afraid to oppose yourself at some points in your journey in search for your purpose, for opposing yourself could give you pieces of information of who you really are. Go forth; seek for the contentment of your soul. From there, you could trace the path to your identity and purpose.


My mom was reading me a leaflet she got from our school’s orientation about careers and college courses. She mentioned a line of courses I could take like Architecture, Engineering, Education, Events Planning, Mass Communication, Biologist, etc. She knew I have a heart for arts and she also knew that I’m a social animal. I told her I wanted to perform arts so I asked her if there’s such course. She told me I search for it in Google and at first, I only found UP (University of the Philippines) to be offering a course related to performing arts. I would study in any university, scary or not, just to have performing arts as my course. But my mom didn’t want me to study there — she’s afraid I might become an activist. Instead, she wanted Ateneo De Manila University for me since she graduated college there. 🙂

In hopes I could find a course related to performing arts, I went up to ADMU’s site and browsed their list of courses. Courses mentioned by my mom earlier were there but I had no interest in any of them. All I want is just performing arts.

I stumbled to Fine Arts section. I scrolled down its sub-courses and boom. There it was. Under Fine Arts was Theater. And next to it said “*new course!*“. I was overjoyed, I ran downstairs carrying my laptop yelling. Mom was like, wtf is wrong with you and I’m just stfu and check this outttt. After looking at my laptop screen, she clicked on some link and read me this:


Theater Arts exposes students to the range of theater activities, onstage and offstage, all of which require an individual and collaborative intelligence and passionate interest in theater. The program is seen as away to increase the number of trained men and women in theater practices, and to provide a venue for the development of theater artists who intend to apply their knowledge of the theater craft for work in professional theater or in film, radio, or television.

Aside from involvement in theater and media, the program’s graduates do well in fields and in careers that place heavy demands on meeting the public. The program is a sound undergraduate preparation for public service or law, for teaching, for careers in sales and business, and for fields involving human relations.

After she read the article, I was more eccentric than before! Turns out I could be a lawyer, a teacher, a businesswoman, etc. if I take the course! 😀

I’m so sure with the course already. All I have to do is to graduate high school (hopefully not too soon yet, I’m really loving it) and pass the entrance exam to ADMU! :>

Finally, a course that really fits me being an aspiring artist and a social animal! 🙂 I know it’s kind of early to think and plan about college life but hey, at least I won’t cram on my last year in high school.

Ateneo knew I was coming! 😉