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hec2008, that was a really superb essay. Definitely one of the best I've ever read.
For many, suffering a computer crash is a mere annoyance; for me, it’s a tragedy. You may think that I’m being overly dramatic, but please understand that I’m afflicted with an ambivalent ailment that I like to call Wikipedia Disease. In my case, a technical mishap entails far more than just a loss of time. It involves a loss of connection to wide areas of interest, the disappearance of diffuse jewels of knowledge that are embedded in the 50 or so tabs that I usually have up on my Internet browser. 50 tabs at a time? Yes, and that’s a low estimate.
Often to my chagrin, my desire to “know things” gets the best of me. From Ron Paul commentary to Smolov training, my interests are capped only by the amount of time in a day. Yet each page I finish reading yields a bounty of additional subjects, as a short lesson in fatalism turns into opened tabs about determinism and John Calvin. A growing web of knowledge, my browser is a testament to the connectedness of ideas. It does not take much to pique my interest, at which point I feel compelled, even obligated, to explore the subject and its many tributaries. Is it any wonder that I hope to attend a college that truly does tailor education to meet students’ innate interests?
However, my aspirations and interests don’t just lie in the realm of academia. My business, running, and bodybuilding endeavors indicate that I can do more than just absorb ideas. They are proof that I can fully digest concepts, adapt them to fit my particular situations and idiosyncrasies, and then put action to words. Whether it’s supply-and-demand economics or the ideal macromolecule ratio in a bodybuilder’s diet, I cherish knowledge and learning, but I also believe that applying these ideas to produce results is an integral part of education. I want the best of both worlds. I seek to get things done in “the real world” by day, while delving the inner tombs of the “ivory tower” by night, with Swarthmore as my guide.