This is my Princeton long essay (mine is exactly 508 words). Any evaluative help would be greatly appreciated.
Topic: Tell us about yourself in such a way that we will have a good sense of who you are.
It is a commonly held belief that science and art are two irreconcilably different disciplines. Science deals with the quest for knowledge and truth, whereas art is concerned with beauty. I find this statement troubling, for I have been exposed to both disciplines throughout my life. I have an academic interest in science, yet music has been a life-long passion of mine. Although the two seem to be polar opposites, I find that they facilitate and support each other in surprising ways. While science describes the nature of the world, art interprets it. I have achieved a balance of the two in my life, and together they help me to understand the world and express my understanding in creative ways.
I have always held an intense passion for science. I enjoy learning how the world works and how it fits into predictable patterns and models. The scientific method teaches to seek a general truth supported by experimental data and evidence. In this way, science can be seen as a quest for truth. During my laboratory investigations, I question what I do not know, predict a hypothesis, collect data, and state a conclusion in hopes of discovering a universal truth as to the nature of the world. During my exposure to music, I have found that music is also an expression for truth. My piano repertoire contains pieces which are filled with expressive passages of sadness and melancholy, as well as ones of heroism and majesty. Music is a quest to discover how the world works on a personal and emotional level. It is a way for me to channel my emotions and discover how those emotions shape my personality and character. Both science and art are disciplines seeking truth, physically and emotionally, respectively.
Many people claim that art is concerned primarily with the expression of beauty. That is not necessarily the case. Many artists purposefully depict the chaos and horrors of the world. A number of my musical pieces are filled with chilling chords and eerie passages. Nevertheless, art, in this case, music, is a way in which the chaos and unpredictability of the world are structured and rationalized into notes and rhythms. In this way, music attempts to beautify the world and express its nature with harmony and structure. Similarly, science attempts to beautify the world by rationalizing it into universal laws, thereby relieving people of its chaotic nature.
Art and science seem to be diametrically opposed, but I have been able to balance them in my life. Both give me a sense of order and calmness (which I see as beautiful), and both strive to search for truth. Science is more objective and is concerned with the physical nature of the world, whereas art is a form of interpretation which allows me to express my emotions on a personal level. Both, however, give my life meaning by rationalizing my world and giving me a sense of predictability and understanding, both objectively and personally. They are two sides of the same coin, two sides of my identity.