College Admissions Essay Thoughts Mostly Relevant To Studying/Education.

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It has been said that one may be, "a jack of all trades and a master of none." I would offer that one could expand the concept to mean that there are those who are a jack of many trades and those who are a master of one. In a world today where students as well as society as a whole specializes to attain excellence I am unique. I am the master of many trades.Today's high school environment mirrors societies' thrust to excellence through specialization. However, I have learned from my dad, the only other master of many trades that I know, that it is possible to be good at many things. I plan to teach my peers at Rice how to live a life immersion in many fields, which I believe is to be truly educated. By stretching my time as far as is allowed consistently everyday I have become a master in the arts and the letters of the modern day. I am a master of academics, fine arts, and service to my community.In the greatest time of thought, the Renaissance, people were only considered educated if they knew about the arts and the letters. The only masters of one trade were those who took to the field, and knew only how to plant their specific crop. Da Vinci, the ultimate master of many trades even surpassing my dad, is famous for his paintings, writings, scientific theories, architectural design, and engineering work. If Da Vinci were placed in today's world he would have to struggle to keep his experiences broad. Schools, parents, and society as a whole force children from the very start to find an area of specialization. Every child is put through a battery of extracurricular activities until they find the one they excel in. At this point all other activities are dropped. If Da Vinci were raised as a child now his parents would have put him through several activities until they found that he excelled a bowling, perhaps. At that point they would force him to bowl everyday. The creations of his marvelous mind would never exist. Societies' desire for instant gratification demands a singular response when they ask who an individual is. "Who is Da Vinci?" they would ask. "Da Vinci is a bowler."I am no Da Vinci by in my push for excellence in multiple arenas I run into the same obstacles that Da Vinci would have if he had lived in modern days. The offerings of my school are built for the typical specialized student. There is a limited amount of courses a student can take so they must focus their...

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