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Parkerwebster   
Dec 30, 2010
Undergraduate / "The Electoral College" - Stanford Intellectual Vitality Essay [NEW]

Stanford students are widely known to possess a sense of intellectual vitality. Tell us about an idea or an experience you have had that you find intellectually engaging.

For my senior project, I have chosen to research whether the popular vote should elect government officials rather than the Electoral College. Taking a side on this research paper has been a tough task for me to complete due to my wavering opinion on the matter.

Because it is a citizen's right to be able to vote for an official, it would seem that this vote should directly influence who is elected. Members of the Electoral College have the ability to vote however they like, regardless of the popular vote of their state. Therefore, they possess the ability to inaccurately represent the will of the people. This leads many citizens to feel that their vote does not really count, lowering voter turnout.

On the other hand, great amounts of people who have the power to vote are uneducated in the political field. Although I support the election of President Obama, I feel that the majority of young voters elected him solely because they wanted to make history rather than selecting him based upon his political ideologies and values. The Electoral College also leads candidates to visit smaller states that they would otherwise not pay attention to because of the overwhelming power large states would have.

Controversial elections such as Bush versus Gore continue to test the fairness of the Electoral College and my support for it. This issue continues to peek my interest because of its many convincing viewpoints and its vital importance in government.
Parkerwebster   
Dec 30, 2010
Undergraduate / Archery, Swimming, Reading, building - Stuff you do for the pleasure of it - MIT [12]

I would maybe combine the first two like so:

"A perfect set" is the best thing you can hear on the archery range. Since I was 10, I've fallen in love with the game of archery. As a kid, I had always preferred archer characters; the arrows of Robin Hood and Legolas always intrigued me more than swords. As I started to play archery, I became more fascinated by the game. When I draw the arrow, my whole body is tensed and I am fully focused on the X. As I release the arrow, all my muscles loosen up and for a split-second, I am completely relaxed and can forget about all my problems.
Parkerwebster   
Dec 30, 2010
Undergraduate / "Empathy & the blue tin" - princeton supplement [4]

Prompt 3 - Using the following quotation from "The Moral Obligations of Living in a Democratic Society" 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:

"Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it. In a way, empathy is predicated upon hope."

- Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies, Princeton University

Staring at the chaos that was my room, I realized that I must finally clean the mess that had been growing for months. As I started opening drawers and rummaging through papers, digging deeper into the mess, I uncovered a memento of my forgotten past. I looked at my blue Sailor Moon tin in astonishment as memories flooded back into my mind. I remembered the sticky messes in the kitchen as four small girls spent the whole morning baking sweets from scratch. I remembered the many culinary disasters and successes when testing new recipes. I remembered the countless laughs we shared trying to sell our creations.

To me, we were the four most ambitious sixth-graders I had known. As a patient at the Children's Hospital of Orange County a few years prior, I empathized with the other children who would be committed to the hospital far longer than I. I rallied my three closest friends together and we decided to utilize our love of baking for a charitable cause. With some fiscal support from our parents, a fancy acronym for our new group, and about ten recipes from the Internet we began to prepare for our first of many bake sales. We would wake up early, turn on some music, and spend hours stirring, refrigerating, and baking in my kitchen until a thin layer of flour and powdered sugar covered every surface.

Then came the task of selling our products. Unsure of whether we would get into trouble, I sat quietly at our table and tried not to draw to much attention to our bake sale. However, as time passed, I realized that the bake sale would not be successful if I was not going to try to draw in customers. I began dancing around with the posters and hollering at adults passing by. I overcame my embarrassment and had the time of my life. I packed the donations into my Sailor Moon tin with a smile on my face and a sense of accomplishment.

As I looked at this tin, I realized that although I may have forgotten the bake sales, I have never forgotten the lessons I have learned from them. Raising money for the children's hospital was a way for me to help change the misfortune of others rather than simply feeling sorry. Since then, I have always held dear the principle that taking action is the sole way to solve any problem and mustering up the courage to do so is worth the outcome. My desire to make a difference is part of the reason I want to major in political science. It is up to me to be a catalyst for change.