I suppose I have always been an artist and a writer- I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t fascinated by sentences and colors. In the same way, I have always loved to learn. Yet it wasn’t until I was older that I realized the influence literature and art can have on the world, along with what an education can really be.
In my high school Gifted Education class we discussed ethics, science, politics, human identity, paradigms, and their problems. We eagerly debated solutions to these issues, bouncing ideas off each other and building on the ones that stuck. In those seminars, I realized that education could be about much more than memorizing enough facts and figures to graduate. It could be about exploring how the world and society works, cultivating creative and innovative new ideas, and delving into self-discovery and personal development. Education could open doors to more than just a job; it could be the key to having experiences, understanding the world, and connecting to society in ways I couldn’t without it. I just had to put into it what I wanted to get out of it.
Then one day, my father introduced me to TED Talks. I was captivated by the remarkable artists and writers who frequented the stage as featured speakers. Through their work they had established themselves as revolutionary thinkers, and now they were renowned speakers as well. Something about their work was deeply moving. It resonated with people.
Suddenly I realized that through my passions of writing and art I too could touch people in this way, for they are my most impactful methods of communicating my observations, ideas, and beliefs. People universally relate to literature and art because their creation draws upon the basic human experience; hence even a small stroke or a well-placed word can have a profound impact on lives. I had always believed I wanted to dedicate my life to a philanthropic cause, but I had felt like that required giving up my passions for a career in politics or medicine. I now aspire to become an influential voice in society working towards the betterment of our world, using my words and images to challenge people to take new perspectives, inspiring them to act, and giving those without a voice a means of being heard.
Thus I have decided to dedicate art and writing as my majors in college. Through my studies I intend to develop the skills to communicate effectively through my work. From my experienced professors I shall acquire new literary and artistic techniques, and from their critiques I will collect suggestions to improve my future work. In addition, I will find support and motivation in a community of fellow student artists and writers. We will feed off each other’s passion, drawing inspiration from each other and learning from each other’s successes and failures. In this vibrant environment and with discipline, dedication, and determination, my work will flourish in both quantity and quality.