rebrose 8 / 20 Dec 28, 2010 #1This is a rough draft of my why columbia supplement. When trying to think of what to write I couldn't get a clear focus so i just started to write and this is what came out. I would greatly appreciate feedback on grammar or content. Don't be afraid to be harsh!I feel as if my whole high school education was a perpetual preparation for standardized tests filled with prep questions, example essays, and practice tests whose sole goal was to make sure I did well on tests. All this preparation stifled my curiosity and now I am sick of preparing for tests. I would like my education to give me the freedom to explore myself and the world. Fortunately at Columbia, the whole curriculum is built upon the idea that students explore, and interpret, art, music, and literature for themselves. The emphasis is not on memorizing facts or formulas; rather learning to think independently, creatively, and critically.I want to experience the world, and while researching Columbia I got a sense that the opportunities to do this are limitless. I could study Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, help organize a campus wide spelling bee with the Blue Key Society, or take a course on Latin American politics. I could explore my passion for Latin American culture and politics with a major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. But maybe, after I finish the Core, I decide on another course of study I know that a plethora of opportunities will await me.Columbia has the resources to help me immerse myself in any interest I have or will have. Classes at Columbia are environments in which learning and discussion take place, and students do not simply prepare for a test, and this is why I choose Columbia.