But I shall stand resolutely, open to any lifeless provocation; and given time, some others may join, forming a diminutive dam of detritus.
No doubt some will become dislodged, and no doubt of those that are left, each of us is unimportant individually.
Being at times slightly better at navigating class material, I am sometimes asked questions.
It may be a quick clarification for a passage in a novel, or an explanation of some concept in chemistry, or tips in computing a tricky integral. ” Most of the time, the conversation will end quickly, and the inquirer will leave with nothing more than the added knowledge that some languages are written in different directions.
By being a stubborn stone in the river, that is, by quietly assisting those wanting to discover and understand, I believe I accomplish something important. Why do you want to incorporate our interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum into your undergraduate experience? Bertrand Russell wrote in the prologue to his Autobiography of three passions that guided his life: love, intellectual curiosity, and pity for the suffering.
In this sense, “contribute” becomes genuine, and becomes something I want to do in high school, university, and beyond. In educating oneself, although all three of these passions are important, one’s focus does become more intellectual.Intellectual curiosity can mean seeking useful information; however, research is only half of the experience.It is important also to use one’s creativity, to apply one’s learning to bring about something new.It would be wholly dishonest to say I have dealt with the problem well; but in my personal experience I have seen transformations of my thought, whose culmination isn’t so trite as “I have gained useful experiences from both cultures”!But allow me to declare that I will approach this topic from the more fragile, Japanese side.A certain shift in focus is healthy, but a total severance is catastrophic, for being too narrow renders the mind provincial.The other harmful categorization I see is between absorption and creation.Here are all the essays I wrote for admission to the University of Washington.The UW application actually did not allow unicode characters like smart quotes and em-dashes, nor did it accept italics, so the essays as displayed here are in their intended form, not as they were submitted.It is difficult for me to ascertain exactly what caused this change, but two possibilities seem the most likely.First, my increasing frustration with one of my passions, mathematics, convinced me to find an alternative topic of research, so that I could shift back and forth. On the surface, I see zealous students eager to spread their message, and demanding adults prodding them.