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Tallwood Academy Admissions Essay

August 13, 2009
By RachelEliza PLATINUM, Virginia Beach, Virginia
RachelEliza PLATINUM, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when theyre right, and sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together -Marilyn Monroe

My interest in global issues is similar to that of most people; I want to help. Unlike many my age, I have personally seen the extreme poverty of some parts of the world. Everyday I hear about the issues of the world, and more importantly what is being done to help. My whole family basically lives, breathes, and thinks world culture. My mother works in world relations so that’s all I hear about. I have grown up believing that I belonged to the world, not just America.
In the last seven years I have been everywhere from Alaska to Egypt. I have seen the majestic beauty that many cultures offer, as well as the twisted terror of poverty. It was last summer in Cairo, Egypt that I first noticed the corruption. The corruption seemed to be everywhere I turned. Unchallenged and even pushed for, corruption was there. You could bribe the police to let you sit on the Pyramid, or even to walk in to it. Yet the poverty was even more disturbing. Dead animals lined the streets, and children bathed in trash-filled canals. It felt like I had been stripped of my silver lining and brought down to reality. That world, our world, needs a change, a serious rehab treatment. It opened my eyes and has held them open ever since.
“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” Aristotle, one of the most influential minds in history, was right in saying this. If we can eliminate poverty from the world, even by small steps, it could save a life. Many people don’t realize that the world and everyone in it are inter-dependent on each other. One small touch of kindness can impact and thus rearrange the way someone else lives. The impact that one person can have is enormous, unlimited even. Just by speaking the truth about the issues of corruption and poverty you could bring everyone closer. The impacts can be as subtle as a little more donation money, or as gargantuan as building a hospital in a third world country. Already I have impacted others by telling them about my travels. I was impacted when I first saw the poverty and experienced the corruption. I hope one day the impacts of all humans can be a domino effect, leading to a final peace.

The world and its entire people interest and fascinate me to no end. The Global Studies and World Languages Academy is right for me. I already know that another school could not be a more perfect fit. To be able to learn and finally understand what I have seen and experienced in other countries would be a dream that I am determined to fulfill. As Mahatma Gandhi would say, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

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ABazza GOLD said...
on Aug. 28 2012 at 5:45 am
ABazza GOLD, London, Other
13 articles 0 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
'Keep Calm and Carry On'
'Don't worry, be happy'
'Life Goes On'
You Only Live Once'

this is a really great piece, the quote at the end truly tied it all together :)

on May. 7 2012 at 9:38 am
CrystalAngelDol SILVER, Queens, New York
7 articles 0 photos 37 comments

Favorite Quote:
Never tell your problems to anyone...20% don't care and the other 80% are glad you have them.
- Lou Holtz

Your essay is very nice! Good  Job, I hope you get in

on Apr. 21 2012 at 4:29 pm
lovetildeath GOLD, Virginia Beach, Virginia
10 articles 0 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
I'm selfish, impatient, & a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, & at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe

Wow you did a good job very real,honest and true.I am from Virginia Beach too.Did you get into the academy?

on Apr. 5 2012 at 9:07 pm
selenafan1 BRONZE, Freeport, Texas
2 articles 0 photos 27 comments

Favorite Quote:
" Friendship is like peeing your pants, everyone can see it but only you can feel it's warmth"
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it is better to be absolutley ridiculous than absolutley boring"-Marilyn Monroe

Wow really great i applied for the academy as well and go in hope u did too! Hope to see u NeXT yeAr

QN123 BRONZE said...
on Feb. 20 2012 at 4:29 pm
QN123 BRONZE, Birmingham, Other
1 article 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

I hope you get into Tallwood because this is amazing.