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'The Nerds' - USC Engineering Supplement


DesiGirl 9 / 52  
Dec 17, 2011   #1
The nerd stumbled from one class to the next, head buried in a physics textbook, glasses balanced at the brim of his nose, and face plagued with acne. Awkward, shy, unattractive: these tend to be adjectives used to describe the nerd. Calculus, electricity, DNA: initially controversial and gradually revolutionary, yet each was discovered by a nerd who fit none of the modern stereotypes. Labeled an "enginerd" by my classmates, I have always embraced my title not for its stereotypical definitions, but for its indication of curiosity, intellect, and focus. A nerd is nothing but someone who is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. An "enginerd" is someone who solves problems through scientific innovation. My success is attributed to taking criticisms positively, not allowing them to discourage me. Though previously connoting social ineptitude, "nerdiness" is considered desirable, suggesting less social ostracism and more academic enthusiasm. For where would the world be if we weren't proud to be nerds?
prospopt2012 2 / 2  
Dec 18, 2011   #2
AWESOME ANSWER! A few suggestions though:

Calculus, electricity, DNA: initially controversial andbut gradually revolutionary, yet each was discovered by a nerd who fit none of the modern *it's a bit confusing... are you saying here that modern stereotypes suggest, as you explain later, "less social ostracism and more academic enthusiasm" or vice-versa?* stereotypes.

Though previously connotingassociated with social ineptitude, I believe that "nerdiness" isshould be considered desirable, suggesting less social ostracism and more academic enthusiasm. For where would the world be if we weren't proud to be nerds?

I would certainly appreciate if you would look over/offer your criticisms for my Univ. of Rochester short answers:
cupnoodle123 15 / 52  
Dec 18, 2011   #3
DesiGirl

I think your essay is awesome, very unique voice. I've read both of your essays; they quite blow me away :) I think I would be able to offer more critique if you also put the prompt in, because as far as language/style/grammar goes, it's really good...

Only, I don't know the prompt, so make sure whatever your write about answers it fully too.

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Can you help edit my essay too? I would really really appreciate that! It's called "Common App Essay: 'Paradoxical Christian" "
OP DesiGirl 9 / 52  
Dec 18, 2011   #4
Engineers have sometimes been stereotyped as "nerds" or "geeks." Do you embrace or reject that stereotype? Why?

Thank you, Cupnoodle!! Of course :)
ZhoeK 5 / 173  
Dec 18, 2011   #5
Sarah and Christine practically said everything that I would have said in a nutshell. I loved your essay, it was fun, unique and witty and amazing. I think you answered the prompt excellently and it also reveals a lot about your own character.

I would love if you took a look at my essays, if you could.


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