i wonder what everyone here thinks of this one as well. those of you who've already read it, please don't prejudice the responses for at least a day or two.-+-+-+-+-+-I am plenty ambitious, but I lack direction. I sincerely hope the character and fitness review includes no trailblazing component, because I possess roughly the directional abilities of a toddler. Worse, even, as toddlers seem instinctually able to toddle in the general direction of mommy, whereas I become hopelessly lost returning to my table in a restaurant after a visit to the ladies’ room. On beach days, after swimming in the ocean, I comb the shore for hours in a feeble attempt to relocate my companions. When someone asks whether I live north or south of a landmark, or uses the verb “orient” in its literal sense, I blink and gasp as though deprived of oxygen. “After a few days, you’ll get your bearings,” people say, but bearings elude me. Everyone has her weakness, but mine too often forced me off of the freeway and relegated me to passenger seats and Peter Pan buses. Then I found Maggie. Others find Christ, Prozac, Pilates; I found Maggie. Maggie is short for Magellan RoadMate GPS Auto Navigation System. She sits suction-cupped to my dashboard and sweetly directs, “left turn in one point two miles,” or “approaching destination on your right!” Would that I could have become my own Maggie; my car is littered with enough direction-laden legal pads to pave the Mass. Pike. But try as I might, I cannot guide myself organically, so I embrace my plastic friend instead. Ambitious indeed, but I take direction well.
Since the kid got in, you would be unwise to plagarize it. Nor do I think Yale wants a bunch of essays just like this. But I thought some applicants might like to see one that worked, and I'd like to know if you all think this helped him get in--or if his ridiculously high numbers did the trick.The proverbial cat is nearly avenged. Curiosity has been marched before the firing squad of self-assured modern apathy and the rifles barrels are trembling with anticipation.Over the centuries, empires have risen and collapsed, belief systems have appeared and vanished, and millions of people have sojourned on the earth. Despite vast differences in custom and geography, one common force has driven the progress of mankind: curiosity. The human condition has been continually lifted to new heights by the pondering of thinkers, dreamers, children, and ordinary people. Individual lives, too, have been enriched by engaging the intellect and imagination.People today are immersed in information but unwilling to think. Knowledge seems like a cheap commodity to the Google generation: why pursue the life of the mind when one can find anything on the Web? Once the world was rocked, and the thoughts of man challenged and expanded, by the impact of thinkers who wondered about the way things were; Kant, Darwin, Einstein, and Adam Smith earned fame with the force of their ideas. Now we refuse to wonderpreferring ready-made, just-add-personal-bias sound bites. There will always be some committed inquirers, but if general curiosity continues to whither, who will be their disciples? Even a master chef cant satisfy diners that dont care enough to swallow, let alone seek nourishment. Could the stagnation of human knowledge result from too many answers and not enough questions? May that question breed many more.
Quote from: Raskolnikov on December 22, 2005, 11:25:51 AMI know a guy who, for his application to Yale undergrad, wrote an entire essay with each word beginning with the letter Q.Eh, I call bull...I just don't think there are enough words to craft much of a narrative or argument. Heck, it was tough enough for Georges Perec et al. to write a book without the letter 'e'...I guess I'd like to see an essay with 'q' words; the perfect standardized test score should not be underestimated though, IMHO.
I know a guy who, for his application to Yale undergrad, wrote an entire essay with each word beginning with the letter Q.