jjeff 4 / 9 Dec 7, 2009 #1Common App Short Answer:In the space provided below, please elaborate on one of your activities (extracurricular, personal activities, or work experience)(150 words or fewer)Playing the piano is my gift to the world. Though I strive to play with much passion and emphasis, piano, I learned, is mostly about the story. Like my teacher says, "Music is a tale. If you can tell a story through your music, you can capture many hearts and many minds." My grandmother, especially, loves such stories. She is always relieved of stress and fear whenever I play the piano. At the local hospital, where I volunteered as performer, I took patients through similar riverbeds of Sonatas, Etudes, and Chinese folklore. In one performance, an elderly woman in her wheelchair rolled by my door and stopped, listening intently to the notes that I played. Her smiles and happiness radiated from her face, and I just could not help but feel overjoyed. Given my portfolio of tales, I know I will remain a pianist and forever a giver of gifts.