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"shocked by the enormous damage we made",a significant experience and its impact

TheBostonian92 2 / 7  
Dec 30, 2009   #1
Topic: Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

Red leaves dance playfully in the air as the wind blows gently. The sun light blinds my eyes as it shines on the vibrant color of autumn leaves at the peak of their splendor. Fresh autumn leaves crunch and crackle under my feet as I walk. The familiar smell of brisk and crisp air tingles my body as it floats through my nose.

I take a deep inhale, trying to absorb all the beauty of the foliage of Boston. Red, orange yellow and golden star-shaped maple leaves lying lightly on the sidewalk, waiting impatiently to be picked up and wanting to share the marvelous autumn with everyone. I found myself looking down and trying to find the perfect looking leaf as a souvenir. However what seemingly as an easy task was very difficult to accomplish. As I look closely at the splendid golden road of leaves, I noticed many hideous, brown spots on almost every leaf. Feeling saddened and fearful, I remembered what I just learned in my Environmental Science class. The brown spots on the leaves is an abnormal effect causing by ground ozone reacting with the oxygen in the stoma. Various harmful chemicals in ground ozone is burning the leaves from inside out. Ground ozone mainly comes from automobiles, commercial manufacture and household utilities, all of which are part of our daily life. Simple daily human activities is eating away trees, turning rivers brown and filling oceans with trash!

Ever since I learned about the truth behind the brown spots, I realized, as a citizen of our society, it is my responsibility to conserve and protect our Earth both environmentally and socially. Therefore I started out with small changes in my daily life. Such as shorten my shower time from thirty minutes to fifteen minutes, started to recycle more, print on both side of paper, purchase from locally grown food and buy less clothe. In addition I expanded my knowledge in order to take part of the burden off the society to increase sustainability, decrease carbon emission, increase land and water productivity. With the help my environmental science teacher, we designed an independent study focusing on sustainable development and I challenged myself to make a full business plan for my own Eco-friendly business by the end of my senior year.

Watch such exquisite leaves gets ruined by human activities made me disappointed in our actions, shocked by the enormous damage we made and fear for our future, but at the same time, it motivated me to help our environment, inspired me to be more socially responsible and driven me to learn more.

Did I answer the prompt fully? and Any other suggestions and advise are welcome. Thanks in advance!

Ayshaya 2 / 10  
Dec 30, 2009   #2
"print on both sides of the paper, purchase fromonly locally grown foods and buy less clothes . "

at the end of it, you are all set up to link it to college by refering to your intended field of study. i think this would connect it better to college, especially since its a college essay. "to learn more by being an environmental whatever"

good luck!

please review mine if you get the chance. "blue eyes"- common app- person who influenced me.
OP TheBostonian92 2 / 7  
Dec 31, 2009   #3
Yeah, I wanted to add something at the end, but couldn't think of anything appropriate.
I'll def take a look at your essay.

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