Prompt: Imagine looking through a window at any environment that is particularly significant to you. Reflect on the scene, paying close attention to the relation between what you are seeing and why it is meaningful to you. Please limit your statement to 300 words.
The windows of my Hyundai Elantra are rolled down, and the soft rush of the waves crashing on the beach ahead of me adds to the steady rhythm of the mixed CD bumping through my stereo. I'm curled up in the front seat, a notebook in my lap, attempting to write this essay. I find that I focus best here, in the parking lot of Morro Bay Beach, fifteen minutes north of my home in San Luis Obispo, California. In the summer I spend a great amount of my time on this beach-surfing, boogie boarding, lying in the sand with my friends-but the arrival of autumn has brought with it the responsibilities of school, sports, and college applications. I'm finding less and less time for those summery activities these days, so I come here to work.
My friends wonder how it is that I don't get distracted working at the beach, and how I don't end up throwing down my work and heading out into the water, but on most occasions I'm not even tempted. Something about sitting in such a perfect environment as this just makes everything easy. The scent of the ocean, the sound of the waves, and the picturesque view framed in my windshield remind me of how lucky I am to live in such a wonderful place. It inspires me to work and push myself to fulfill my goals and aspirations, because so much has been given to me. Sitting here in this car, in a beach parking lot in sunny California, reminds me of all that I have to be thankful for.