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Life is about giving back as much as you have taken; COMMON GOOD; Bowdoin College


thisweirdkid 2 / 10 1  
Sep 7, 2013   #1
This is a rough draft of what I intend to write. I apologize for the typos. Please give your valuable feedback. Thanks in advance.

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. Please include your name and birth date at the top of the page.

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

"Life isn't all about using stuff. It's also about giving back as much as you have taken."

My mother and the priests at my school always emphasized the importance of giving back in life. Giving back doesn't necessarily mean giving things that you own to random people or organizations. Doing your share to change the wrongs in this world, to me is common good.

To bring a change one desires to see, he/she has to be the first one to initiate and implement the change. I want to revolutionize the world; the way people, animals and the mother earth is treated. And every story has a setting and I dream of having Bowdoin as the setting to my story of common good. The story of a common man who aspires to change the way animals are treated, the environment is exploited and I believe there's no other place or an institution that is as supportive if common good as Bowdoin and I want to take in that vibe from Bowdoin to inspire myself and other people to do my fair share of common good.
dumi 1 / 6,927 1592  
Sep 27, 2013   #2
Giving back doesn't necessarily mean giving things that you own torandomother people or organizations.

Doing your share to change the wrongs in this world, to me is common good.

Well.... I see a poor connection between the first two lines and this one. Common good generally refers to general welfare which involves giving things to community. But it is a much broader term and I feel it is not justifiable to limit its scope to giving away alone. The first two sentences implies that Common good equals Giving things.

And every story has a setting and I dream of having Bowdoin as the setting to my story of common good.

.... I don't see much logic in this sentence :(


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