Finding Opportunities for Self-improvement in Failure

The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? My junior year of high school, I took Honors Biology. Although I expected to do well, as I had always had … Read moreFinding Opportunities for Self-improvement in Failure

Getting Back in the Driver’s Seat

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. It was three o’clock in the afternoon. My first race was full of middle-aged men, and the decals on their cars weren’t all … Read moreGetting Back in the Driver’s Seat

Science: A Lifelong Interest of Mine

Prompt: What is an interest or passion that you have? People love to complain about how “useless” mathematics is in everyday life: •“How will cubic factoring help me get my dream job?” •“How is the quadratic formula going to stop global warming?” Typical. If not mathematics, they often set their sights on physics or chemistry: … Read moreScience: A Lifelong Interest of Mine

The “Mystery” of the Electoral College

If you could solve one of history’s greatest mysteries, what would it be and why? Growing up a vegetarian with hippy parents, reading feminist and pacifist literature, and listening to Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles has shaped me into a very politically charged person. Thus, while I admit that the Great Pyramids are amazing and … Read moreThe “Mystery” of the Electoral College

The Intriguing Humanity in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? I sat in the ornate home of my teammate’s mom, an established Palestinian surgeon, when she said, “I … Read moreThe Intriguing Humanity in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Collaboration and Community Service, One Ramp at a Time

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. For me, the summer months used to possess a certain emptiness. The warm weather and freedom to explore personal projects were always welcome, but the absence … Read moreCollaboration and Community Service, One Ramp at a Time