It's far from great. Be brutal.Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development. (250 word limit)
Between elementary, middle, and high school I have racked up about fifteen thousand hours of school attendance. Consequently, I have spent a considerable portion of my lifetime learning. Yet it wasn't until I actually shared my knowledge with someone that I became truly excited about it.
My younger sister entered her freshman year this fall and began taking her first biology class. As the only biology enthusiast in our household she came to me for assistance. I was a tad reluctant considering most of our tutoring sessions led to frustration on someone's part. (Often because I'd left most of my Geometry knowledge in the final exam room.) Nevertheless, I sat down and tried to answer her questions, and to my astonishment I had an explanation for all of them. To my further amazement, she actually began to understand the chapter. I found myself actually getting exciting as I discussed the organelles of a cell and how they all worked in unison.
Even though I was only covering the very basics of biology, the rare opportunity to share my knowledge with another allowed me to realize how enthusiastic I am about the subject. I was surprised at just how much information I already knew and how much I wanted to keep exploring the topic. The experience was a welcome reminder of why I am so eager to further my education: I look forward to sharing and exploring knowledge with others who are equally as passionate as myself.