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How films have influenced my life :)- fsu essay


acat6332 4 / 12  
Oct 14, 2009   #1
please be brutal :) and i would really appreciate it if the help came fast since its due today

Prompt: For almost one hundred years, the Latin words, "Vires, Artes, Mores" have been the guiding philosophy behind Florida State University. Vires signifies strength of all kinds - moral, physical, and intellectual; Artes alludes to the beauty of intellectual pursuits as exemplified in skill, craft, or art; and Mores refers to character, custom, or tradition. Describe how one or more of the values embodied in these concepts are reflected in your life.

Throughout my life I've been in many situations where aspects of Vires and Artes have presented themselves in my everyday life. I can recount many occasions where I have felt instant moments of inspiration or moments when you feel that you have acquired great mental or physical skill.

Since sophomore year I've been part of the tennis team at my school as well as a team outside. I've spent my summers using my mental and physical strength to perfect my game. I have learned that a positive attitude is the key to success; without it is quite impossible to acquire what you desire. The control that the mind gives you over your body is yours, the attitude that you have toward a situation it's much more important than what happens.

I am infinitely amazed by the sublime art of expression. I have great appreciation for individuals who can easily change their personality, change their point of view and become another human being. Their craft mesmerizes me, how they can portray emotional dilemmas, secret dreams and quirky yet fantastic personalities flawlessly.

My love for acting began when I was very young. My father would sit with me and we would watch films from all over the world. This is where I became fascinated with cultures and human situations. I also found myself constantly in someone else's mind, analyzing their movements and words just so I could figure them out.

But unfortunately there was a simple fact that kept me from being an actress myself: I couldn't act. I also found that what really attached me to my new found addiction was not the lighting or the way the camera was positioned but rather it was the stories; the people and the permission that these characters were giving you to enter into their world, their minds and their beings.

This was around the time that I decided that I had a big interest in psychology. I had found my passion. The more intense I felt about the idea the more it buried inside my head. Today I consider myself a lover of cinema and how it teaches us about the mind. I have read Freud and theories from different psychologists yet I did not find it as intriguing as what I saw in the screen. Films teach us and make us understand people, their desires and their connection to us as human beings. This is how I think that Artes relates to me. Although I am not an expert in art I have a great passion for its making.

Vires and Artes are just two of the great attributes that I can bring to FSU. I am excited to be able to become a member of the community and where I can make the most on my talents and passions. My great desire to meet new people and learn about them will make me an active member of this society which would make me grow more as a person as I step into the real world.
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
Oct 14, 2009   #2
You can cut your first paragraph completely. It says nothing of interest.

Your second paragraph can go too. Your essay is mostly about your interest in acting, which overlaps nicely with your interest in psychology. Your interest in tennis doesn't connect to anything else though.

Your third paragraph sort of connects, but is vague and general, cut it too.

I like the fourth paragraph. Start your essay there. Expand on your love of acting and your interest in psychology to replace the length you will lose by cutting the first three paragraphs.


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