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"Heidi, you good!"; Bowdoin Supplement - Common Good


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Dec 29, 2013   #1
"Heidi, you good!" Michayla said awkwardly, yet anxiously with a smile and a hug after the game. Hearing those words and feeling that hug gives me greater sense and purpose than actually playing well in my hockey game. Michayla is a special needs student at my high school and she never misses a game. While she may never truly understand whether I play well or not, she stands atop that which is exposed of a common good iceberg. I have been blessed to understand my existence is not solely about me and have become very involved in many activities in and out of school that add to the common good of my community. I believe the common good of any society starts with interpersonal relationships one at a time; positively affecting one person and then each carrying that to the next. I take an introspective approach to life like when G.K. Chesterton answered the London Times question of, "What's Wrong with the World?" with "I am". Understanding what I am capable of and then creating action to resolve issues and advance solutions has tremendous interest to me. I greatly look forward to discovering my capabilities and developing leadership skills over the next several years to continue to grow my common good iceberg.

211 word count... 250 max.
plee24 3 / 21 8  
Dec 29, 2013   #2
"Heidi, you good!" Michayla said awkwardly, yet anxiously with a smile and a hug after the game. Hearing those words and feeling that hug givesgave me greater sense and purpose than actually playing well in my hockey game. Michayla is a special needs student at my high school and she never misses a game. While she may never truly understand whether I play well or not, she stands atop that which is exposed of a common good iceberg what are you trying to say there? . I have been blessed to understand my existence is not solely about me and have become very involved in many activities in and out of school that add to the common good of my community. I believe the common good of any society starts with interpersonal relationships one at a time;only use semicolons when connecting two complete sentences positively affecting one person and then each carrying that to the next. I take an introspective approach to life, like when G.K. Chesterton answered the London Times question of , "What's Wrong with the World?" with "I am".

I understand that you are trying to draw an analogy between yourself, Michayla, and an iceberg, but I'm not exactly seeing what quality an iceberg emulates. I do like how you include a specific anecdote about yourself and how it exemplifies your attempt to contribute to your community.

Would you mind posting the exact prompt? I can give better advice with a theme to focus on.
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Dec 29, 2013   #3
Thank you. I am trying to say my meaning of Common Good for the good of society stems from the building of individual relationships. There is a great deal of common good that goes around yet sometimes we only see a little bit (iceberg). I have a lot of different friendships, yet this one with Michayla has a special effect to many people. Here is the supplement question. Thanks!

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In an effort to understand your interests and aspirations for college, we ask you to select one of the three topics below and provide a response of up to 250 words.

Bowdoin students and alumni often cite world-class faculty and opportunities for intellectual engagement, the College's commitment to the Common Good, and the special quality of life on the coast of Maine as important aspects of the Bowdoin experience.

Reflecting on your own interests and experiences, please comment on one of the following:

1. Intellectual engagement
2. The Common Good
3. Connection to place
badra100 - / 9  
Dec 29, 2013   #4
Bowdoin supplement is a holistic selection process based on individual review.
plee24 3 / 21 8  
Dec 29, 2013   #5
So you are trying to say that building individual relationships contributes to the Common Good, but people don't notice them enough?


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