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"What they don't know won't hurt them"; Stanford Supp/ Intellectual Vitality


fasaran 5 / 30  
Dec 22, 2012   #1
I am not the best writer, so I am really dependent on EssayForum to help me with my essays, and thank you guys for that! These are my stanford supplements, so please revise in anyway possible!! thank you!

INTELLECTUAL VITALITY: ONE IDEA/EXPERIENCE THAT IMPACTED YOUR INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT.

"What they don't know won't hurt them," said Mr. DeWitt, founder and CEO of Resurgens Bank, when we discussed banking operations at his newly opened bank branch. The words rang in my ear, and memories of joyful research on banking and investments coruscated in the back of my mind. I looked him in the eyes and smiled; I knew exactly what he implied: the beauty of fractional reserve banking.

What if I told you that the paycheck you received last month was just a paper, with no money behind it?
Have you ever heard the story of the goldsmith? As you know, in early Europe, gold was used as currency, but the people needed security over their gold, so a nearby goldsmith opened a vault for that purpose. He began loaning out the deposited gold as exchangeable notes while charging the borrowers interest. Villagers, seeing that the notes were much more convenient, traded using the notes rather than exchanging it for gold at the vault. Overtime, the goldsmith realized that the people rarely withdraw their gold from the vault, so he began loaning out notes with no gold backing them. The goldsmith aggrandized great wealth from the interest returns on these fraudulent notes. The populace, unaware of this, treated the notes with value, and the new monetary system stimulated European growth.

It is one of the most ingenious ideas in history, both Mr. DeWitt and I agreed. Yet I saw a flaw in the system: in my theory, as the sum of these virtual notes surpasses the actual value of all global money, it alters to unpayable debt, to which your paycheck may be part of. But I propose that as long as global supply increases, the system will continue to instigate growth.

Intrigued by its beauty and seeking to not only improve but perfect it, I intend to start a banking empire on which the sun never sets. This objective serves not to fulfill greed; rather, it intends to galvanize economic accretion and express concern for the ever growing issues facing society.

WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR STANFORD ROOMMATE SO WE COULD KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU.

Dear Bro,
In-and-Out Burger, hands down, is the best burger place in the world. If you like it as well, I am sure we will get along just fine! We can go there on weekends to enjoy the food while discussing the rivalry between Newtonian mechanics, Einstein's relativity, and quantum mechanics. Then we can head over to the mall with a microphone and loudly compliment everyone with pickups lines! My favorite line is: "if you were an item on the McDonald menu, you would be McGorgeous." Speaking of McDonalds, I always save up my changes in my pink piggy bank, and I would donate it to the Ronald McDonald House Charity when it fills up. If you have any spare changes, feel free to stick it in the pig. During Christmas, my friends and I would draw eyes on snow-covered cars' front windows so that they would look like characters from the movie Cars, then we would go to the mall and hand out candy canes to strangers to wish them a merry Christmas. I hope you can practice this tradition with me!

At the dorm, I will probably crowd the floor with various projects since I always like to build things. At home, I have built a four-foot long space shuttle out of construction paper and foam. I then attached a motor taken out of a RC toy car to the shuttle so that it could move. We could rebuild that, or we can build a "giant" Great Pyramid out of cards. Besides projects, you may see crumbled papers all over the floor from all the mathematics I do. In my free time, I try to come up with more efficient equations or prove certain conjectures. My greatest success is deriving a new equation for the area of any triangle by expanding the Pythagorean Theorem geometrically, replacing Heron's formula. Currently, I am attempting to prove Format's Theorem, with no end in sight. Yet, the shear difficulty brings joy to my intellectual curiosity. Despite the mess in the room, don't worry because I always clean after myself. Regardless, I hope we will have a great adventure at Stanford as roommates!

WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO YOU?

"I am sorry; I just don't see you that way. I think we will be better off as friends," said my crush of three years when I asked her out. News of the rejection quickly spread among my friends, one of which jokingly commented, "ha-ha! All that working out and you got rejected!" The words seared my heart, and I looked at my biceps. Did I really spend half of my life at the gym just for a girl? The answer is no; it is something much bigger. Weight lifting has been a part of my life for as long as I could remember.

A day six years ago, I was jogging miles around the neighborhood with the sun scorching my skin and sweat dripping down my head, followed with an hour of pushups until my arms gave up and I was laying on a pool of sweat.

A day five years ago, I walked into a forest with two towels and a water jug, and I hung the towels off a thick tree branch to do pull-ups until my grip slipped from the towel. At home, I tied four water-filled-gallon-jugs to a broomstick and used it as a barbell to do endless sets of squats and bicep curls.

A day three years ago, my mom got me a gym membership at Gold's Gym; it was my first time stepping into a gym, first time touching the rusted dumbbell handles, first time feeling the grip of weight plates. Very soon, the gym became my second home.

A day two years ago, I was at Queen's Recreational Center in New York introducing nutrition plans and work out routines to people seeking to start a lifestyle around exercising and training people from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM.

And today, I will be at Gold's Gym trying to break my personal record for benching, deadlift, and squatting.
It is hard to remember a day when I was not lifting weights; without a doubt, working out is what matters the most to me. I see it as my source of confidence; it gave me courage to ask out my crush. I see it as my source of inspiration; if I can work hard at the gym, I can work hard at anything else and succeed.

Pahan 1 / 1,906 553  
Dec 22, 2012   #2
when we discussed about banking operations

I intend to start a banking empire on which the sun never sets

... Great! :D ... Yep, we experienced too bad economic turmoils and don't want any more in the futute! :D

This objective serves not to fulfill greed; rather, it intends to galvanize economic accretion and express concern for the ever growing issues facing society.

Awesome!

Wish you good luck!
yisha 6 / 33 8  
Dec 23, 2012   #3
As you know, in early Europe, gold was used as currency, but the people needed security over their gold, so a nearby goldsmith opened a vault for that purpose.

Villagers, seeing that the notes were much more convenient, traded using the notes rather than exchanging it for gold at the vault used notes rather than exchanged gold when trading.

Overall your answer is pretty good.
Good luck!
OP fasaran 5 / 30  
Dec 23, 2012   #4
Hey, could you guys comment on my two other writings as well? please!! thank you!
karizma101 4 / 16 5  
Dec 23, 2012   #5
these are awesome! I'm currently on my essays and i feel so stupid after these! I LOVE the last two...they are very unique to your voice
OP fasaran 5 / 30  
Dec 23, 2012   #6
thanks for the positive replies everyone! but could you guys help me look for any awkward sentences or any grammer errors and such, or if anything needs to be changed? Thank you!! I am really worried T_T
OP fasaran 5 / 30  
Dec 23, 2012   #7
bump :/ please T_T
jkim147 1 / 7 1  
Dec 23, 2012   #8
WOWOW best Essays i have ever read, I esp. like the lettter, shows your creativity, humor, and unique style! good luck!
Chigozie 13 / 22 2  
Dec 23, 2012   #9
This essay is Awesome and probably the best I have ever read. Ur style, creativity and diction is very unique. Pls, I am not somewhere close to the way you write and I will appreciate if you can help me with mine. Thanks.
Silleth 3 / 10 3  
Dec 23, 2012   #10
when we discussed banking operations at his newly opened bank branch

Despite what Pahan said, I don't think you need an "about" here. To me, it's like one of those access "fat" words that can be removed w/o losing the meaning of the sentence.

It is one of the most ingenious ideas in history; both Mr. DeWitt and I agreed

I think that it is a bit informal to start off with "Dear Bro" but it does set the tone nicely.

Then, we can head over to the mall with a microphone and loudly compliment everyone with pickups lines!

During Christmas, my friends and I would draw eyes on snow-covered cars' front windows so that they would look like characters from the movie Cars

Totally off topic here but... imgur.com/r/funny/loe8B
Reddit? :D

Your essays are really good (I should really do mine!) though you come off as a bit hyper on the letter (second one).

"ha-ha! All that working out and you got rejected!"

I keep thinking of Nelson from the Simpsons when I read this.
OP fasaran 5 / 30  
Dec 24, 2012   #11
Thanks for the help everyone! ANY LAST REVISIONS?1 PLEASE. I AM ABOUT TO CLICK SUBMIT.
OP fasaran 5 / 30  
Dec 25, 2012   #12
Help please!!

should i take out the part "The wealth of the empire shall be directed towards funding scientific researches and financing a glorious era of space exploration and planetary colonization, bringing new sources of supplies that will enable the system of fractional reserve banking to work at its full potential. This window, in my belief, is the only way to reduce the nation's unpayable debt."

pleasee, help
ylimewc 3 / 8 2  
Dec 26, 2012   #13
Wow, sounds awesome! It shows you already know a lot about economics

Overtime,

...maybe this should be "Over time...", 2 words instead of one? I'm not sure though

funding scientific researches and financing a glorious era of space exploration and planetary colonization

...maybe change to "...funding scientific research and financing a glorious era of technological advancement..."

Great essay though, the specific details really make it! Good luck with, Cornell I'm applying there too:)
OP fasaran 5 / 30  
Dec 26, 2012   #14
thanks for the help haha.

any other further revisions? please :/ i know it can be a lot better
Proran 4 / 17 5  
Dec 26, 2012   #15
Fas, this is a great essay. If you know it can be better it is up to you to make it that way. Once an essay is edited to a certain point it loses your voice, the most important part.

I was pretty captivated through the first half. The last half on the other hand, where you start talking about your dream to create a banking empire seems slightly self-centered. Maybe this is just me.

Either way, the essay is unique and telling of your financial knowledge.
OP fasaran 5 / 30  
Dec 27, 2012   #16
The last half on the other hand, where you start talking about your dream to create a banking empire seems slightly self-centered. Maybe this is just me.

:/ how can I make it less self-centered?
and yeah i know what you mean, but at the very least, im looking for grammar mistakes and such
sunny_joy 4 / 16 7  
Dec 30, 2012   #17
Tee hee :)
I think its great that you had some fun with this essay...although I must say, you did have some pretty intense ideas in there! The only thing is, I'm not sure if it says the most about you...but then again, I'm not certain what Harvard officers are looking for. I sure liked it!
jkim147 1 / 7 1  
Dec 30, 2012   #18
God said, "Let there be light," and then there was light. Bankers said, "Let there be money," and then there was money. Likewise, are bankers gods? { Maybe: Therefore, can it be said that bankers portray a godlike image in today's society?}

"What they don't know won't hurt them," said Mr. DeWitt, founder and CEO of Resurgens Bank, when we discussed banking operations at his newly opened bank branch. {No comma between Bank and when}

What if I told you that the paycheck you received last month was just a piece of paper and there was no money behind it?
OP fasaran 5 / 30  
Dec 30, 2012   #19
well the essay is optional, so i might as well say the "intense" LOL. thanks though! could you provide some grammar helps?
kellyjanemartin 3 / 18 2  
Dec 30, 2012   #20
I profoundly enjoyed this essay, and I think your admissions readers will too! I think all grammar points I could see were covered, so I'm just gonna give you props on a creative and fun essay. Honestly, I do think this is Harvard-worthy -- best of luck to you!


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