University of California: Freshman Essay - Prompt #6 (2016)
Prompt:Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.
I've been drawn to science since I was in Kindergarten. I remember when our class did a science experiment in which baking soda and vinegar are combined to make a "volcano." The reaction of the two substances was like magic. I absolutely had to know why and how this happened. I had so many questions, and so few answers. Over time, I learned that science is all about asking questions. Everything in the natural world became mysterious when I started asking questions. Science was the subject that seemed to have the answers. I became obsessed with science, and specifically Biology-the science of all living things.
Outside of school, my love for biology showed up in my habit of hiking in nature. Throughout high school, I led hikes and excursions as part of my Boy Scouts group. I also joined the local Audubon society. I took advantage of any opportunity to spend time in nature. I volunteered for local events to clean up rivers and lakes and even participated in taking water samples for quality control. I also became a camp counselor during my senior year and led groups of elementary school students on nature hikes. I was able to share facts about biology and share my passion for nature.
I plan to pursue advanced studies in Biology and answer many of the questions I have about the world. My hope is that the answers to my questions will serve the greater good. The more we learn about the world, the more likely it is we can solve the most pressing problems. Cures for diseases, medical advances and environmental protection procedures all come through the science of Biology. I plan to join research projects throughout my college career, allowing me to contribute my skills as well as be mentored by senior researchers. Most of all, Biology has inspired me to never stop asking questions.