Princeton Supplement Essay and Common Ap Essay

<p>Dear All, </p>

<p>I have earlied to a college with my common ap essay with his 794 words. I hope it's not too long. It's only 2 1/4 pages long. and there's a lot of formatting that makes it longer (for stylistic purposes). I hope the colleges won't be too mad. Should I cut it down? I REALLY like it the way it is now. I've edited it like a bunch of times. Does it matter that much? </p>

<p>Also, I was looking at a Princeton Supplement, and I need some help thinking of topics.
Here is the question: it's Princeton Supplement #2.</p>

<p>Using the statement below as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world.</p>

<p>"Princeton in the Nation's Service" was the title of a speech given by Woodrow Wilson on the 150th anniversary of the University. It became the unofficial Princeton motto and was expanded for the University's 250th anniversary to "Princeton in the nation's service and in the service of all nations."</p>

<li>Woodrow Wilson, Princeton Class of 1879, served on the faculty and was Princeton's president from 1902-1910. </li>

<p>I don't know if this essay actually answers the question, but it's something I have:</p>

<p>During the summer after freshman year, I was part of a volunteer program at a hospital. Usually after volunteering, I would play the piano in the lobby, the music audible to all floors. One evening, after I had just finished a piece, I turned around to find a young girl standing next to me. "That was awesome," she said with a big smile on her face. Soon after, her mother joined her and said, "She hasn't smiled in weeks. Thank you for making her smile." After I thanked them for their compliments, I learned that the girl had come to the hospital to receive treatment for her cancer. Ever since then, I couldn't forget her smile.
I have always had a passion for music, but that evening, I realized my mistake. All this time, I had been indulging in my passion, I never understood its purpose. But now I did—I realized that it’s not just about the music, but it’s about the connection I create between the art form and others around me. Music is meant to soothe the minds of people, and I should work to be that conduit between the two: in essence, I should bring the benefits of music to the community. If a simple song could bring a smile to a girl’s face, then I imagined the number of smiles I could bring to others by being that connection.
With this motivation, I began playing the piano for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s at various assisted living centers. Watching the residents enjoy my music motivated me to encourage my peers to do the same: to use their gifts in music to help others. Thus, I took this initiative a step further and founded a volunteer program, "Smiles With Music"(A</a> WebsiteBuilder Website). Through this program, I hoped to increase the awareness among teens of the palliative qualities of music, and more importantly, to show them the magnitude to which their passions and musical talents could help others. With each new volunteer, I am overjoyed to witness the potential, passion, and dedication for community service they bring to this program.
And now, I’m quite thankful to the little girl. In essence she gave me a new perspective and a new purpose: to continue to use my passions to help others. Ever since her smile, I’ve realized that all this time, I’ve served as that connection in many different ways. I’ve used my talents in math and science to teach mentally challenged children, and I’ve shared my love for Indian Classical Dance to teach the younger students in my dance school. I didn’t know why I was doing that then, but I do now. Even today, I still remember that girl’s smile—she experienced my passion, and I hope that throughout my future, others will too. </p>

<p>Let me know, if it works.</p>

<p>Hi, GPA 4.42.</p>

<p>That was really good.</p>