What projects or papers have you done for your classes that were especially interesting or meaningful to you (high school or college)? Any assignments that you really got into? Describe what made them so interesting and engaging.

I found high school debate to be the most interesting and meaningful activity. In particular, Lincoln Douglas debate has developed my critical thinking, writing, and public speaking skills. The substance itself is quite exciting as well. For example, I debated about the moral question: A life sentence is worse than the death penalty. Through philosophical texts from Heidegger, Hobbes, Rawls, and Collins, we engaged in profound discussions about ontological damnation and utilitarian philosophy. Debate was a supplemental experience to my intellectual development outside of the classroom.
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Have there been some times that your efforts and talents have been helpful to other people? Describe some experiences like this that have been most meaningful to you. Are there any ways that you hope to use your talents to be helpful to people in the future?
During my sophomore year of high school, I visited an Ability Beyond Disability home once a week. The residents of ABD houses are mentally/physically disabled adults who cannot live by themselves, and require the attention and care of professionals. When I visited my specific home, I would work with 7 adults with an array of different mental disabilities, such as autism, schizophrenia, etc. I would share with these people my own hobbies and skills, such as art and baking. I conducted coloring sessions by supplying art tools, and interacting with the residents while they drew.
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Think of yourself first week, fall term first year at Union – how are you different now? Talk about some of the ways that you think you’ve changed during your time at Union.

Before coming to Union College, I was dependent on others and immature. This did not last long after arriving on campus. I had to learn how to seek out opportunities and advocate for myself. I had to actually manage my time and be efficient. I realized that I could not survive at college with my old habits of procrastination. I reinvented myself and it truly has opened my eyes to what I can now accomplish.
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How do you want your sophomore year residential experience to be the same and different from this year’s? Describe your “ideal” living situation. What matters most to you? Read about sophomore housing options. Which ones seem most likely to give you what you want? What more would you need to know about different housing options to make a decision?

For me I would prefer to live in a house system rather than a dorm like setting. Though I enjoy living in the dorm I live in now, I think as a sophomore I'd prefer not to be as distracted with the typical dorm social life that I am exposed to as of now. I'd like to be able to go back to my room and not feel obligated by the social expectations of others to stay up or be distracted from work. Additionally, I would prefer an on campus themed house with a community inside who are open minded, accepting, and respectful to the occupants.
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