Beyond your impressive academic credentials and extra curricular accomplishments, what else makes you unique and colorful? We know nobody fits neatly into 500 words or less, but you can provide us with some suggestion of the type of person you are. Anything goes! Inspire us, impress us, or just make us laugh. Think of this optional opportunity as show and tell by proxy and with an attitude. For additional context, check out the William & Mary Admission Office video message at wm.edu/admissionvideo. (500 word limit)
''Buy yourself a kindle already,'' - is all I can hear from my friends when I buy a new heavy pile of books or rush to the store when my favorite magazine comes out. I am not that kind of person who refuses progress, but i think that some things are better off the way they are. Nowadays, digital format has invaded every aspect of our daily lives. The whole culture of sending letters is slowly dying and paperbacks are next in the line.
Growing up, my mom never missed the chance of throwing out what she called ''dust-collectors''. However, somehow myriads of books lying all over the flat escaped my mother's fury. Throughout the years I developed certain passion for paper. I was enthralled by its versatality and mysterious potential. Of course reading is more convinient on the tablet, but if you read on an e-reader you miss a great chunk of experience. The texture of the paper , the smell of the paper and the infinite meaning that it holds. When I look around myself, all I can see is people reading from their screens or not reading at all. If the paper disappears out of our lives, the giant part of our culture will also go away.
I think my obsession with paper also started from my desire to capture every small bit of my life that make up my personality. From an observation of my shelf one can see how my life went for the past 17 years. The time when I tried to understand Shakespeare, the time when I wanted to become an architector and the day when I learned how to create an origami flower. I feel that my love of paper reflects who I really am. I never seek for an easy way around. I am always in search of the ways to apply my creativity and give a bizzare twist to any project I take on.
Some things you just cannot prevent from vanishing in disguise, but I hope that I am going to be able to preserve paper as it resonates so much with my personality.