Essay Questions

What is your most memorable childhood experience?My most memorable childhood experience was going to pick out a puppy from a litter, then getting to sit in the back of the car with him on the way home. He was a great dog! I now have two dogs of my own.
What immediate family member do you closely identify with and why?I identify most with my mother. She and I have the most in common among my immediate family members. We work hard and take our jobs seriously and complement that with our desire to have fun. We also share a love for the outdoors, and a knack for figuring things out when presented with challenges.
What character traits do you admire in an individual?I admire independence, confidence, positivity, and open-mindedness. I pride myself in being independent, and I look for that in others. I also think life is better when you are loving and accepting, so I am drawn towards open-minded individuals.
What is the funniest thing ever to happen to you?On a tour of the White House as a young child with my family, I stopped for a few moments to look out of a window. I then continued the tour following another family, thinking it was my own. I ended up being escorted by Secret Service to my family who were waiting for me at the end of the tour.
If time and money were not an issue, where would you travel and why?I would travel throughout rural USA. I've spent most of my life in large cities and feel there is still much to see in less-populated areas of the country. And I love to drive!
When and if you ever have children, what would you like to pass on to them?I want to pass on curiosity, gentleness, independence. I believe curiosity is the greatest inspiration. I also believe the world needs more gentle minds.