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my ability to do a wide variety of things successfully - UCF Essays


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Oct 4, 2008   #1
These are my first admission essays so I could really use some help. Thanks.

4.What qualities or unique characteristics do you possess that would allow you to contribute to the UCF community?

I apply to UCF knowing that my ability to analyze and think abstractly will provide nearly limitless possibilities for me to influence, and even diversify the UCF community.

My greatest talent, I once believed, has always been my ability to do a wide variety of things successfully; I was a talented athlete, a talented artist, a talented writer, and a good communicator. I once believed that these things made unique and set me apart from the rest. But I grew to realize that there were always others who could do better at one or maybe more of these things than I was. Therefore, I created in myself a competitive spirit, to push myself to expand and to progress my knowledge and abilities in as many different areas as possible.

It was in this quest that I found myself in the realm of literature, writing nearly everyday, works of all types, short stories, essays, poetry, articles, and even a novel, much of which has been published. And within this journey I found myself inclined to read and analyze these readings, to think into the souls of these writers such as Poe, John Milton, and Hemingway, and from there I grew accustomed to this idea of thinking beyond the words on the paper and thinking for myself, realizing the truths that these works revealed about life. This ability to analyze remained latent for the most part until my writing endeavor and has been attributed to my success in so many fields. Unbeknown to me, it allowed me to excel artistically, enabling me to look at a particular structure and to understand it's composure and anatomy. It helped me to excel in my writing by allowing me to implant into me works the things that I extract and reflect upon from other works. It allowed me to take from these situations that we see on paper, as perhaps mere coincidental arrangements of words, and to draw an emotional connection and deeper meaning to use in my own.

A lot of people would call this creativity, and to a certain degree I do believe that this analytical thinking can be considered just creativity. But it's creativity that spawns from the ability to think abstractly. And I believe that I have always been able to combine my creativity with my competitive spirit to produce a progressive personality. The idea of moving forward, and growing has always been one of my keystones and I believe that that's what any community can benefit greatly from. Therefore, I think my abstract thinking provides me with perhaps the most unique characteristic of all, allowing me to not only create and come up with new ideas, but to understand their significance, their weaknesses.

In every sense of the word, this quality provides me with the versatility to excel in many different work fields, the strength to push forward and to compete effectively by branching in more than one direction rather than thinking linearly and hitting plateau, and lastly, but certainly equally importantly, the open-mindedness to get along with nearly any group of people by allowing me to understand and empathize with them.

This characteristic, I believe, transcends the concept of personality and nature, and allows me the potential and strength to influence the UCF community in any way possible.

I apply to UCF knowing that my ability to analyze and think abstractly will provide nearly limitless possibilities for me to influence, and even diversify the UCF community.

My greatest talent, I once believed, has always been my ability to do a wide variety of things successfully; I was a talented athlete, a talented artist, a talented writer, and a good communicator. I once believed that these things made unique and set me apart from the rest. But I grew to realize that there were always others who could do better at one or maybe more of these things than I was. Therefore, I created in myself a competitive spirit, to push myself to expand and to progress my knowledge and abilities in as many different areas as possible.

It was in this quest that I found myself in the realm of literature, writing nearly everyday, works of all types, short stories, essays, poetry, articles, and even a novel, much of which has been published. And within this journey I found myself inclined to read and analyze these readings, to think into the souls of these writers such as Poe, John Milton, and Hemingway, and from there I grew accustomed to this idea of thinking beyond the words on the paper and thinking for myself. This ability to analyze remained latent for the most part until my writing endeavor and has been attributed to my success in so many fields. Unbeknown to me, it allowed me to excel artistically, enabling me to look at a particular structure and to understand it's composure and anatomy. It helped me to excel in my writing by allowing me to implant into me works the things that I extract and reflect upon from other works. It allowed me to take from these situations that we see on paper, as perhaps mere coincidental arrangements of words, and to draw an emotional connection and deeper meaning to use in my own.

A lot of people would call this creativity, and to a certain degree I do believe that this analytical thinking can be considered just creativity. But it's creativity that spawns from the ability to think abstractly. And I believe that I have always been able to combine my creativity with my competitive spirit to produce a progressive personality. The idea of moving forward, and growing has always been one of my keystones and I believe that that's what any community can benefit greatly from. Therefore, I think my abstract thinking provides me with perhaps the most unique characteristic of all, allowing me to not only create and come up with new ideas, but to understand their significance, their weaknesses.

In every sense of the word, my ability provides me with the versatility to excel in many different work fields, the strength to push forward and to compete effectively by branching in more than one direction rather than thinking linearly and hitting plateau, and lastly, but certainly equally importantly, the open-mindedness to get along with nearly any group of people by allowing me to understand and empathize with them.

This characteristic, I believe, transcends the concept of personality and nature, and allows me the potential and strength to influence the UCF community in any way possible.

3.Why did you choose to apply to UCF?

For a long while I was pressured to apply to only Ivy League schools as my parents felt that that was where I belonged. However, as I did research and got to know UCF, I began to grow attached to the school and its many positives. Yes, many of the Ivy Leagues excel academically, but they lack a soul, and balance which I felt was not worth their steep price tags. It was UCF's affordability, community and campus diversity, and the opportunities it presents in Orlando that drew me in.

Being an in-state student, it was my first choice to seek out Florida schools for their state resident discounts. The already relatively low discount price combined with the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship opportunity was highly attractive to me. It seemed to make it almost a requirement for me to apply to UCF as I was both a resident and would qualify for atleast the 75% discount.

However, that did not initially set UCF apart from other Florida colleges. Both University Florida and Florida State University, other top Florida schools, would offer similar affordability. It was the diversity of the campus and city that further pushed UCF up on my list. The ethnic diversity is just one area in which the school excels, representing a large number of different races. But it's the diversity of the school's programs and activities that really attracted me in this department. The range of majors was one of the best I'd seen in a school, which appealed to me because I'm not absolutely certain of which major I'd like to pursue due to my interest and ability to excel in many different fields. The school effectively balances its academics with extra curricular activities such as the various events and the rising popularity of Golden Knight athletics. Already a well-rounded university, UCF raises its stock in my list, being located in Orlando, containing a wide range of activities and being home to the Orlando Magics. Being both a man of variety and a huge fan of both basketball and football, UCF appeals to all of my needs.

UCF finally seals its spot at number one on my list by being presenting many opportunities for progression. I'm very interested in engineering and UCF offers the perfect internships for this major, as well as offer opportunities to be involved with the Kennedy Space Center.

The combination of the affordability, closeness to home(just a 2 hour drive from Jacksonville), academics, and off-campus activities create the perfect environment for me to enjoy myself as well as succeed.


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