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'Autodidacticism' - Stanford Intellectual Vitality Supplement

AbsoluteBliss 5 / 13  
Jan 1, 2012   #1
I'm somewhat of wary about the topic...

At some point, maybe around seventh or eighth grade, I realized that I could learn nearly anything that I wanted to. And I started focusing on things I truly had a desire to learn. I stopped wasting time on trivial matters, and spent every unoccupied second learning. I was no longer limited by the boundaries of a school curriculum, and I could venture into the unknown, with nothing to lose.

These forays actually started much earlier, though not on a conscious level. When I was nine years old, I was on holiday in St. Barts. I had just returned from a local jeweler, where I'd bargained for a pack of leather strings and a tray of leftover metal scraps. That night, I set about designing bracelets and necklaces, and my nine-year-old self reveled in my creations. I sold them on the beach, and returned home one hundred euros richer.

From there, I began to dabble in a number of rudimentary activities. At nine, I learned the algorithms necessary for solving a Rubik's Cube, and by the end of the day, I was able to solve it in around a minute.

My first real endeavor was Photoshop - it took a few months to grasp its roots, but now, I've mastered the program inside and out. Later, I tackled Illustrator, which wasn't much of a challenge given it and Photoshop's homogeneous features.

Recently, I developed an interest in architecture - specifically modern architecture. So I began teaching myself Cinema 4D, which I also use to manufacture digital product designs. In an attempt to broaden my linguistic arsenal, I speak with friends in France and Germany fairly often, in their respective languages. Latterly, I've been drafting business models, and figuring out the art of piano playing.

I've always loved fully grasping a concept, or mastering an ability. What I've realized is that success is simply the fruit of failure. Almost nothing I've done has been achieved without failed attempts - and what I love, is that you can set them on the workbench, and move on.
jadore_lamode68 6 / 37  
Jan 1, 2012   #2
This essay is wonderful.

It reveals so much about you and your accomplishments and character without sounding pretentious.
I love it! I had to stop reading it since I felt so bad about my essays. lol

I really have to search for a fault, just maybe...yah I'm not gonna ruin this magic.

All the best luck, although you probably don't need any...
crystal77 8 / 13 1  
Jan 1, 2012   #3
Your essay is very intriguing, However, what was the original prompt. Where is the challenge or the plot of your essay b/c in order to have a sounding conclusion you should explain the dilema or use some device to help the reader understand the point. If you probably show the prompt I will understand exactly where you might be coming from. Help me I help you, plz!
OP AbsoluteBliss 5 / 13  
Jan 1, 2012   #4
Sorry about that, here's the prompt:

Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.
crystal77 8 / 13 1  
Jan 1, 2012   #5
See, now your essay makes much better sense, I can see where you're coming from and I have to say you have quite an intresting gift. Keep it up. Not a bore at all.

Can you check my essay out too!
m7md 4 / 16  
Jan 1, 2012   #6
again try not to avoid listing stuff and try focusing on answering the question asked i cant see an obvious answer to the question focus on a few of the things you mentioned and explore them in detail and how did they add to intellectual development

good luck

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