I judged her to be a heartless, soulless, two-dimensional figure: she was a representation of my loneliness and pain.I left whenever she entered a room, I slammed car doors in her face.
Over those three years, I took pride in the fact that I had not spoken a word to her or made eye contact with her.
I treated Laura with such resentment and anger because my hate was my protection, my shield.
I believed that what was missing was a lack of understanding between our two cultures, and that acceptance of our differences would come only with knowledge.
My first impression of Cuba was the absence of commercialism.
Laura never gave up on me, and the chance she gave me to like her was a chance that changed my life.
Because of this, I know the value of a chance, of having faith in a person, of seeing others as they wish they could see themselves. Lighthearted me hangs upside-down, off the back of my recliner. Plus, I was thinking of college as a social clean slate.
They are as different as the personalities of the people who wrote them, but what these essays all have in common is their honesty and the effort put into creating them.
These personal statements have one other thing in common: According to Mother Teresa, “If you judge someone, you have no time to love them.” I first saw this quote when it was posted on my sixth-grade classroom wall, and I hated it.
Logical: No, this meeting is an opportunity to evaluate where we are in life, like a State of the Union Address. Once we earn a degree, it might be harder to pursue our true passions—comedy, music, art . In fact, if anything, college will facilitate our involvement in activities like drawing, improvisational comedy, piano, psychological experiments, Japanese, ping-pong . Independent: I don’t know what you’re talking about, Mr. Finding Truths In my life, I have taken many journeys without which I would not have experienced important truths.
Existentialist: Speaking of which, I’ve been meaning to ask all of you: college? I-Know-Everything-And-It-All-Means-Nothing, but mightn’t we as well calm down Stressed? Let’s just get back to work, and the problem will heal itself. Lighthearted: We were searching through the late 80s for Captain Planet’s mysterious disapp . My father started us off early, taking us on many journeys to help us understand that true knowledge comes only from experience.