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College Admissions Essay: The Man In The Classroom

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“I look out at all of the fresh young faces in this classroom and I can think of one thing to say: none of you have ever read Dickens, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, or heck, just any classical literature.” That was the very first thing my 8th grade teacher said in class in my third year in O’farrell middle school. He said that quote with a joke, but I only took the most important part of it and he didn’t say it to get a laugh, in fact he glared at anyone who so much as smirked. I know, because I smirked. He went on to say that he had worked long enough at this school that he was technically un-fireable, and since absolutely nothing could touch his job security being well-liked was not important to him. His stated goal was not to teach us about English, nor was it to prepare us for college. His only ambition was to spend the two semesters getting us “ mentally equipped enough to properly read a basic classic novel.” Every time he gave a crotchety old insult he delivered in his opening speech, the thing that really stayed with me was his first assumption of the class: that I wasn’t really much of an…show more content…
But even though the newest gadget or breakthrough study can make something smoother, faster, and better, it can’t fill all the holes in our lives. When it comes to figuring out who we are, who we want to be, how to treat other people, and the decisions we have to make, I believe it’s literature can help us. It has the ability to put us in another person’s shoes and see the world from different perspectives. It teaches us how to empathize and connect with others on a much deep level, even if they seem different from us. Learning literature is more than just memorizing names, dates, faces, and summaries, it can broaden our minds and open our hearts by reminding us not to judge a book by its cover, and there’s nothing more important than that. So thank you Mr. Pollard. You have been a profound influence on my life, I’ll never forget
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