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davidgoes 5 / 13  
Dec 30, 2009   #1
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Name your favorite books, authors, films, and/or musical artists.
My favorite novels are Dune and Neuromancer. My favorite films include Dark Knight and the Pursuit of Happiness.

What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?
Global warming will be the downfall of mankind if we cannot put our planet before profit. With the growth of developing nations it will not be an easy sacrifice, but through global diplomacy it can be accomplished. We are fully capable of deciding our destiny, but do we have the capacity to change?

How did you spend your last two summers?
Over the past two summers, I interned in a city supervisor's office. My responsibilities varied from finding housing to R&D for new legislation to authoring speeches for the Supervisor. These experiences broadened my horizons in that I discovered a newfound passion for serving my community.

What were your favorite events (e.g., performances, exhibits, sporting events, etc.) this past year?
It's a rivalry so intense that blood has been spilled over it. With my love for baseball, the Giants and Dodgers have always been my favorite game to watch. Maybe it's the garlic fries or the heckling or my hatred for the Dodgers, but every game between the two is something to cherish and relish.

What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
The fall of Hitler was one of the most recognized and pivotal events in history. It reminds me how critical an interdisciplinary understanding of any situation is, and how different history might have been if Hitler had defeated the allies. Being in that bunker and witnessing one of history's most infamous men realize the fall and defeat of his legacy would have been enticing moment to witness. Though Hitler's name will forever live in infamy, his impact on the world will never be forgotten.

What five words best describe you?
Visionary, diligent, adept, versatile, and charismatic.
I am a visionary in that the world is full of possibilities, but to accomplish anything you must be diligent in everything. With charisma, being adept and versatile will allow me to undertake and succeed in anything I apply myself to.

luminousx 3 / 32  
Dec 30, 2009   #2
Titles of novels should be underlined, and movie titles should be in quotations.
"The Pursuit of Happy ness"

Otherwise, good job!
alyssadlee 4 / 10  
Dec 31, 2009   #3
I thought that movie titles were underlined but considering that you have to enter these INTO the text boxes on the Common App, I don't know how you would do either. Would you do quotation marks then?

Anyhow, I agree vincentcanlas that your answer to what faces society today is very good but also typical. However, you phrased it very eloquently so I'd say keep it. and I explained my 5 words too, though not as well as you did. I hope that we won't be judged for it :)

Good job and I hope you won't mind returning the favor (once I get it done! ...)

Good luck!!!
qlulu 2 / 5  
Dec 31, 2009   #4
Let's be honest. Stanford most likely receives thousands of applications with nearly identical answers. I recommend tossing all of those out and writing something less altruistic and more personal. They would rather hear about how you experience the first winter snow than how you are going to save the world. Good luck~

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