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"Intellectual Interests"

Rocky42290Rocky42290 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
edited December 2008 in College Admissions
for the emory scholars program..the essay asks for one or two intellectual interests..umm does that mean clubs or ujst like academic subjects like science??
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  • JohnC613JohnC613 Registered User Posts: 1,580 Senior Member
    good thing I did a search. was about to start same thread.
    bummp? it's been a 2 weeks? any answers?
  • TarhuntTarhunt Registered User Posts: 2,138 Senior Member
    I can't comment on what this means to Emory, but I know what it would mean to me.

    Leaving aside my job, my intellectual interests include mlitary history (why men do what they do in battle and how this affects battles), ancient history (especially the late Bronze Age), systems theory, and a number of other things.

    Is that at all helpful?
  • RedduneReddune Registered User Posts: 1,490 Senior Member
    What do you do outside of the classroom that stimulates your noggin? If you design kite for competition, then that qualifies as an "intellectual interest." If you translate The Critique of Pure Reason from German to Japanese, that's an "intellectual interest." If your brain gets an exercise, then it's intellectual (does not count artificial stimulants).
  • JohnC613JohnC613 Registered User Posts: 1,580 Senior Member
    haha good explanation
  • RedduneReddune Registered User Posts: 1,490 Senior Member
    Just want to add my own "intellectual interest": When I read philosophical, historical, or any non-fictional treatise, I try to summarize each main argument under three sentences. It's actually a really interesting exercise because it's really tough trying to get to the fundamentals. It makes you appreciate the authors and your own noggin.
  • scarecrowluvscarecrowluv Registered User Posts: 77 Junior Member
    is, for example, a strong interest in medicine and science, an intellectual interest???
  • andreeabandreeab Registered User Posts: 213 Junior Member
    I think they're looking for something more specific, because everyone will probably restate what they already said in theri common app
  • 2-iron2-iron Registered User Posts: 847 Member
    Here's mine: environmental economics, specifically the economics of global warming and climate change policy, and even more specifically, the debate between price-based and quantity-based incentives to curb emissions...I've read lots of literature on the subject.

    If you can think of something like that, something specific you're interested in doing, read up on it a lot so that you know what you're talking about, and stick to it.
  • BamboozlerBamboozler Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    I did that same essay over the last couple nights -- though I think I did it in a somewhat unorthodox, possibly risky way. I sort of... wrote it in a "letter" form, used a framing device of an intellectual "feast" (and my end basically said that I need other people at the feast with me to make it meaningful), and talked about art, music, and writing (specifically, Gustave Dore, Italo Calvino, Philip Glass, and Brian Eno).

    To be honest, everybody else's ideas sound way better and more specific, but... there you go.
  • jesusmysuperherojesusmysuperhero Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Can an intellectual interest be studding classical guitar?
  • jesusmysuperherojesusmysuperhero Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Sorry I meant STUDYING!
  • jesusmysuperherojesusmysuperhero Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I was in a hurry!!!
  • SteffenySteffeny Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    bump...any other explanations?
  • nd09nd09 Registered User Posts: 497 Member
    I'm in agreement with Reddune. Don't just say "math", "science", "english", "politics", etc. because you'll sound like every other kid and probably get rejected. Be specific!
  • yawnyawn . Posts: 2,141 Senior Member
    Can an intellectual interest be studding classical guitar?
    Well, it certainly *does* stimulate the brain, so I'd say it's acceptable, but not really what they're looking for. Unless you compose.
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