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New sense of bipartisanship/Ten things ; Stanford; Intellectual Vitality/Roommate


sarahjackson123 1 / 4  
Dec 30, 2012   #1
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Letter to Roommate:
Dear Roommate,

Ten things to know about me:
1. I can speak to cats. Not to worry, I like dogs too (hope that avoided a future argument). Although I can't understand what they are saying, my meows generally provoke a response. Don't worry-I mostly speak cat to entertain myself. Just sympathetically giggle and I'll move on.

2. I am constantly fixing my hair. I'm not quite sure whether its entertaining or purely annoying to find me in a different hairstyle every five minutes. You will be surprised by the high ponies, huge buns or frizzy afros I seem to think I can pull off. We will get along best if, no matter the hairstyle, you tell me my hair looks good. (Oh, and good luck with the millions of bobby pins that will one day be living on the floor of our dorm).

3. I am either craving bubblegum or steak. That's a general rule.
4. If you don't already like How I Met Your Mother, please pretend to. I'll die.
5. Birthdays are my favorite time of the year. I hope you enjoy being woken up at midnight, having streamers draping every inch of our room and four birthday cakes throughout the day.

6. Sorry for my complete lack of music taste. You'll be listening to a slew of What Makes You Beautiful, Thrift Shop and It's America. I beg of you, please rescue me from my horrible music taste.

7. When I'm not listening to music, I'm singing music. I apologize in advance for my singing ability.
8. I've rode horses my entire life. I have my "it IS a sport" argument on the tip of my tongue.
9. I am a current news junkie. Unfortunately, this also means I am terrified of walking anywhere alone. Prepare to do a lot of walking.
10. There's nothing I love more than enjoying life to the fullest.

P.S. Sorry in advance for the messy room!

Intellectual Vitality:

When I was a young girl, my father often yelled at the television. Although much of his anger was caused by the Denver Broncos' most recent failure, the yelling usually stemmed from the morning news-specifically, political talk shows. As a young girl, I never understood his anger towards those with different beliefs. While my father held onto his anger, my grasped understanding of reality led me to my appreciation for the beauty of ideologies.

A previous prime minister of the United Kingdom, Harold Macmillan, once said, "Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth." Just as the oceans and mountains retain a natural beauty, I see a certain splendor in the varying concepts of political parties. Hayekian Economics, Reagan's Trickle Down Theory, and the concept of Marxism all share one common thread: an attempt to move society to a more evolved place. Conceptually, these ideologies are wonderfully sculpted by differing perspective. The Constitution, for example, retains years of research by the founding fathers. It incorporates representative techniques utilized in the Roman Empire as well as John Locke's theories celebrating three natural born rights. On the other hand, Marxism, although it deeply juxtaposes my own beliefs, proposes a political absolutism, promising utopia after the steps of Marxism were completed. This of course, gives rise to the question, "Is utopia possible using politics?" as Marx once proposed.

The use of ideology to create a more evolved society extends through every action of history. Stalin, for example, utilized Marxism as a guide towards modernizing Russia. Thomas Sowell, a historian, argues that his drifting from the laws of Marxism led to its ultimate failure. The power of politics is unending. I am so attracted to the incredible concepts that are fashioned into history. I believe that the study of these political ideas leads to an appreciation and bipartisanship that cannot be recognized elsewhere. In my own pursuit of happiness, I hope to intertwine political concepts to establish a new sense of bipartisanship.
JustKeepSwimmin - / 3  
Dec 30, 2012   #2
I think its all pretty good and funny. With your roommate letter, elaborate on number 9 just a tad.
abenelazar 2 / 19 1  
Dec 30, 2012   #3
"10. There's nothing I love more than enjoying life to the fullest. "

Your other reasons are very down to earth, but this one is very superficial.
yuzec95 3 / 25  
Dec 30, 2012   #4
Oh, and good luck with the millions of bobby pins that will one day be living on the floor of our dorm).

Try not to give off a negative connotation. Saying "good luck with ..." isn't very friendly. I know you're trying to be sarcastic, but it might come off the wrong way.

P.S. Sorry in advance for the messy room!

The same with this.


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