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09/04/2019

Can someone explain this college essay prompt?

QUESTION
Can someone explain this college essay prompt?
Personal interaction with objects, images and spaces can be so powerful as to change the way one thinks about particular issues or topics. For your intended area of study (architecture, art history, design, studio art, visual art studies/art education), describe an experience where instruction in that area or your personal interaction with an object, image or space effected this type of change in your thinking. What did you do to act upon your new thinking and what have you done to prepare yourself for further study in this area?

ANSWER
Let’s take architecture as an example. You might walk by the same building every day and not notice it at all.
But if someone explains to you the history behind the building, why the door is placed on this side and why the windows are oblong instead of rectangular, why this particular style was popular during a certain time period, etc., then you would look at this building in a different way. You might find certain features become more meaningful to you.

For example, in one story a little girl is afraid of gargoyles until her grandfather explains that the word “gargoyle” comes from the Latin word for “gargling”, which imitates the funny sound the water makes as it pours through the drainpipes in the statue’s mouth. Now she thinks of gargoyles as funny, not scary.

Think about how this might apply to YOU and something in your personal experience.