Essay Questions

What is your most memorable childhood experience?My most memorable childhood experiences were going to summer camp as a kid. I was shy and mostly kept to myself when I was younger, but after spending time with some of the other campers I came out of my shell. I went a few years in a row and each summer I had a great time and made strong friendships. It was mostly an outdoor camp so I was also able to have fun outside, and I had a lot of fun participating in the other activities like swimming, arts and crafts, and team sports.
What immediate family member do you closely identify with and why?My older brother. We're close in age, so we had a lot of the same friends. We fought when we were younger, but once we became adults we got closer. We share the same sense of humor and the same taste in music and movies. We don't see each other much, but when we do, we are usually able to talk about things that really matter to us.
What character traits do you admire in an individual?The ability to give everyone the amount of respect that they deserve. Also, actively doing what they think is right, not just talking about it.
What is the funniest thing ever to happen to you?It's hard to decide the single funniest thing to ever happen to me, but one time that comes to mind is when I was hiking with a few friends at a time when the forecast called for scattered t-storms but it didn't look like it would rain. We got to the top of a mountain we had been climbing for a while, and noticed that our hair was sticking up. Not all of it, but a few strands were pointing straight up. We all thought it was hilarious and played around with each other's hair and took pictures. We said how it was like someone was holding a balloon over us after rubbing it on a shirt. Then we realized that it was like static electricity, because there actually was electricity in the air (or at least an electric potential) from lightning that could come at any minute! We ran down the mountain and once we were a ways from the peak we started hearing thunder.
If time and money were not an issue, where would you travel and why?I would travel to all of the national parks in America. I've only been to a few so far, but they are all beautiful and I'd love to explore each one as much as I could. I greatly appreciate that we have set aside these incredibly unique areas that can remain pristine, and that they vary greatly; from the tundra of Alaska, to the deserts of Arizona, to the redwood forests of California.
When and if you ever have children, what would you like to pass on to them?I would like to pass on to them that it is important to listen to your gut. I'd like to encourage them to find their own individual passions and pursue them.