College Admissions Essay: A Career As A Career

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Every child wants to “be something” when they grow up. A doctor, a lawyer, a veterinarian, the list continues indefinitely. Most people fixate on one particular career; even if it changes, at any given moment they have one goal. For some reason, that never happened for me. My friends and family would ask “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and I would immediately rattle off a laundry list of different things. “An inventor, a scientist, a dancer, a chef, a translator! I’m going to learn every language in existence!” was my excited reply. Apparently I was quite the ambitious child. However, even now my interests are fluid; while almost certain of my passion for physics and other sciences, my focus travel from one topic to the next as I shape my view of the world. I allow myself to acknowledge that at some point in the near future my plans to study physics may change, though currently I feel that would be a shame. Regardless, I will accept and …show more content…

Granted, grades serve their purpose, and a very good one at that. After all, they serve as a very reliable method of assessing progress. However, I realized one day that I had become a slave to my grade point average; I considered more successful when I received an “A” on a test or quiz, regardless of whether I actually knew the material or simply stored it in my short term memory long enough to reproduce it on the assessment. I believed my efforts were inadequate if I didn’t receive the score I wanted on a test, even if I learned and understood the topic. From this I gained the knowledge that why I should be mindful of my grades and test scores, I should not place them above the actual material or use them as the basis for my success. Rather than striving to achieve perfect test scores and the highest GPA, my focus is to fully learn and understand the subjects presented to

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