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Diversity: Be Grateful For It - Common Application Essay for Boston University

akitarane 1 / 2  
Nov 27, 2009   #1
Please write an essay (250 words minimum) on a topic of your choice or on one of the options listed below. This personal essay helps us to become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself.

-A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.

-Topic of your choice.

I chose to write my essay on the importance of diversity. Please provide input, I appreciate it.^.^

Diversity: Be Grateful For It

If the world was populated by robots the trees would rot and the grass would turn into compost. The realm of natural beauty would lose its iridescence and deteriorate. Nature would fall captive to order and control without any room for interpretation. There would be no pleasantry, no vivid representation of fantasy or imagination because robots do not possess the ability to innovate and create. The Earth would be populated by a collection of identical beings that would systematically use the Earth's resources until the deprived planet finally could not give any more. However, the humans who do populate the Earth are not created identically and have abilities that allow creation and innovation to commence. Through these processes, diversity plays a crucial role in the advancement of the human race. Without the dynamic vitality of diversity, the world would be a bleak and desolate place to live.

Humans embrace the fact that they have so many different perspectives and ideas that contribute to the evolution of society. Ideas are so crucial to the human race because they are the untouchable force fields that propel us forward as a species. Wired to innovate, humans have an engraved instinct that never allows to be satisfied. With each emerging advancement, this is distinct as we see the innovations of the past create a pathway for the innovations of the future. Innovation starts with an idea. The idea doesn't need to be extravagant or pandemic, it just needs to be fueled by passion. After the idea is represented, it needs to be attacked by a collection of perspectives that can provide their own tweaking of potential prospects so that the idea can transform into a reality. It is so crucial that different ideas are integrated in our society otherwise there would be no sense of progression. In order for there to be progress, a unity of diverse ideas must be working together to satisfy all angles of perceptions.

Ideas are so important; they provide new experiences, ignite passions, satisfy needs, and most of all they can give new meanings to life as we know it. Without the ingenious findings of Edison and Galileo, we would still be wondering why the moon wasn't bright enough to light our houses at night and how there had to be something else we could use to illuminate the dark with than clanky kerosene lamps. Americans owe their personal liberties to influential minds such as John Locke. He brewed up ideas that became the foundation of Western Democracy. So much we owe to the brilliance of ideas. However, ideas are not the only extraordinary element of human thought. What makes humans so fascinating as a species is how multi-faceted they are. Every human is created with different attributes whether it be physical or delicately hidden. The beauty of this coexistence is how these differences react with one another.

The presence of diversity plays a major role in the advancement and growth of human society. The things that bring us entertainment and spiritual connection in a world of diversity would be unfulfilling in a world filled with people who shared the same values, characteristics, ideas, passions, and aspirations. Differences make us stronger. If humans were made like robots, there would be no sense of beauty, vitality or purpose in the world because everyone would perceive the world in the same way. This would prevent new learning experiences and growth, which are two concepts that human life is based upon. If we lived our lives sticking to our own interpretations, we would be missing out on endless ideas and discoveries if only we opened our minds to others. By broadening our minds to various opinions from all sorts of people with varying backgrounds and cultures we can learn about ourselves in the process. And that process is one of the most fulfilling experiences to stumble upon.
vangiespen - / 4,137 1449  
Jan 18, 2015   #2
Your essay is quite theoretical and academic in nature. While the prompt does allow you some room for personal insight on the subject of diversity, it also requires you to present a personal experience based upon the same that would allow the admissions officer to get an idea as to how your addition to the Boston University student community will help to enliven and add color to the diversity of the campus. While these logical discussions of diversity are important for your essay, you need to represent a personal experience with diversity that will help solidify your explanation. Give it a personal basis and definition which tells the reader that you are looking forward to the diversity of the university and are excited to add your personal touch to the mix. Without the personal experience, the essay just comes across as flat and boring. Informative, but in a technical manner, which is not what the prompt requires. Delve into your personal background and think back to a moment in time when you experienced diversity and then discuss the topic from that memory.

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