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alright, here's my essay, please let me know what u think of it:
I believe it falls under question 1:
Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
A lot of my family members, mostly my elderly relatives, ask me, "Why do you like acting so much? Why don't you have similar hobbies as those of your cousins?". "Because I don't want to do something that would make me just like milk," I reply. This usually results in them shaking their head, perceiving my answer as something what a small kid would say that doesn't make sense.
Have you ever heard of the 'Magic Milk Experiment'? Try getting a container of milk, and place a drop each of food colors red, yellow, blue and green at four different corners of the container. Then, dip a toothpick into liquid soap and touch the corners of the container. The soap will break up the fat globules of the milk and spread them across, creating movement in the milk. What is seen is beautiful array of four different colors swarming up from the corners into the middle of the container and blend, creating a mix of emotions. Anger shown in the red, comes creeping quickly yet silently, along with the smooth swiftness of the calming blue, exuberant prances from the happy yellow, added with the slight tinge of an envious green.
Many people feel that acting is instead an introduction of completely different colors- purple, orange, even grey perhaps- that it is just a replacement of one's personality; a medium to escape from the real life a person does not want to confront. To me, acting is a way to express parts of yourself that society might not accept on a stage or in front of a camera. It is used as an excuse, a filter that automatically makes one's action or personality acceptable. It is a way to completely let loose of your emotions and familiarize yourself with them as well as manage them. You let your mind speak for your decisions instead of your emotions and feelings. It allows people, such as me, who bottle up their feelings to paint the screen as vigorously and creatively as they want to.
Many people think that the emotions felt by an actor are not the same as that experienced in real life. Would any person in society be able to experience the fear of being chased by zombies? The exhilaration of being able to fly through the air and look at the city's night lights below? No, but what might be felt is the fear of a self-denial person confronting a certain problem. Or the exhilaration felt when getting a promotion or getting accepted into a dream university. Acting allows a person to act rationally when being faced with a situation where feelings come in the way strongly, because these feelings, however new in the real life, have been experienced by an actor on stage. Think of it as doing much harder practice tests for an exam till the exam itself becomes a walk in the park.
I do not want my life to represent the symbol of milk-dull, insipid and plain white. The four food colors could only reveal themselves through the act of a medium-soap. And to me, I feel that I can portray all my emotions to an audience with my own act of a medium-acting. Acting is my 'soap', and with it, I can confidently show my colors to anyone I want.
Im applying to Stanford, CMU, n Cornell, if it helps in any way:)