by Brittany Burnett
Coming from the type of education in a German secondary school, my mother tends to peruse mine and my brother’s school work, mindlessly musing to herself on the joys of education and the perpetual wonder of learning. Whether it be genetics or merely a coincidence, I share my mother’s proclivity for learning.
However, rather than only taking pleasure in school lessons, I tend to walk away either unsatisfied or hopelessly inspired, leaving me to my own researching devices.
I find history classes too broad and science classes too organized; I question why depth of a subject is rarely truly incorporated, even in AP or honors classes, and why Chemistry is only allocated a year to be absorbed.
Because of this, my Ipod is filled with podcasts on various types of national disasters and discussions on metaphysical disquisitions from Kant or Hawking, and the bookmarks on my computer are littered with information pages ranging from the growth stages of mushrooms to the history of the mirror.
I love learning, and it has guided my way through the obstacle-ridden road of college searching.
I have a tendency to throw myself into something that intrigues me, to become temporarily obsessed with a topic until something even more intriguing piques my fancy. (Past obsessions have included the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, cannibalism, Braille, ancient airborne plagues, and Japanese wood-block artist Utagawa Hiroshige.)
But while earlier topics had an inclination for the random, in this most recent year, my obsessions have honed to depict what I hope to further research in college: political science. Anarchism, peace studies, capitalism, and governmental disorder have been the most recent cavalcade of researched topics, and I’ve found that I don’t grow tired of them as I have of previous subjects.
That discovery has made the prospect of finding a suitable college far more exciting than I was previously aware of, and I want the opportunity to explore to the greatest depths possible the manifold attractions that a private college or university has to offer me.
I could imagine with such free-range, I could essentially tailor-make my dream career and eventually become a resourceful, intelligent and well-rounded individual with alacrity for the world ahead of me.