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Road to prosperity; UT transfer -(Personal issue essay) for Radio/Television/Film

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Jan 14, 2013   #1
My issue is about how students often choose their majors based on safety or money and not out of passion. I feel like it reiterates my statement of purpose and my passion for post-production.

Personal Essay
Choose an issue of importance to you - the issue could be personal, school related, local, political, or international in scope - and write an essay in which you explain the significance of that issue to yourself, your family, your community, or your generation.

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Far too often students are misguided in the direction they wish to take their education. They are told they want to become doctors, engineers, or programmers rather than teachers, writers, or film-makers. Deceived by the fear of a loss in security they mistakenly end up choosing majors ill-fitted for them and by their third year end up switching majors. They submit to this doubt in success and throw away part of themselves, ultimately losing sight of their own personal legend. It is important to not fall under this illusion, the illusion of safety, but to consider one's happiness and fulfillment as the primary factor in choosing a major, career, and life path before abandoning one's dreams.

As a youth the seed of my passion for post-production implanted itself deep within me. However, although this passion grew as I matured and the roots took their place, I limited myself out of fear. I told myself that, while my passion still burned, post-production would not be a "safe" or "realistic" option. Deluded by this concern I convinced myself that I had wanted to become a programmer and I had wanted to major in computer science. The sheltered promise of guaranteed happiness, the promise of substantial income straight out of college, clouded my judgment.

Despite all this delusion my passion never extinguished. It had merely been contained, restricted by my own fear, and still ignited vigorously. The roots began to form and they hardened as I spent countless hours in high school studying non-linear editing in Sony Vegas as well as Adobe Premiere, compositing elements in Adobe After Effects, and constructing three-dimensional models and animating into a sequence. As I enriched my skills the barriers I had placed on myself slowly began to deteriorate. The roots firmly took their place and the seed implanted inside me bloomed.

My senior year of high school is where I fully realized my potential. Like an animal breaking out of its cage or a small flame turned into a blaze that engulfs an area my passion had become a fully developed organism. I no longer doubted myself; I no longer had any fear of failure. I had become enlightened of my own personal legend. I no longer simply had interest in post-production: I thrived for it like one hungers for food. I no simply longer wanted to be involved in post-production. I fully realized my destiny: I had been born to be in post-production.

People should always be allowed to determine their own life path. Pressured by their parents, peers, or their community they misguide themselves and take the path not meant for them. These doctors, engineers, or programmers who are meant to become teachers, writers, or filmmakers abandoned what truly defines them as a person. The rode to prosperity should always be left to the traveler. Self-doubts about safety serve as inhibiters towards fulfilling one's dreams.
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Jan 14, 2013   #2
I completely agree with your statement, I think teachers writers and filmmakers should be equally respected for their merit alongside doctors, engineers and programmers. This essay is very inspirational and very personal, so kudos! I have no complaints, unless you want to make it a teeny bit more personal by adding a little bit more about why you changed your mind about computer programming and how much you love doing what you do. Good luck!
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Jan 14, 2013   #3
Thanks. I really wrote this essay as a addition to my statement of purpose (which I'd also like opinions on). The statement of purpose goes deeper into my drive for post-production.

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