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09/07/2019

College essay help please?

QUESTION
College essay help please?
Describe your intellectual interests, their evolution, and what makes them exciting to you. Tell us how you will utilize the academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences to further explore your interests, intended major, or field of study.

So I really like math, therefore I would take classes regarding mathematics and economics at Cornell. I can’t seem to find an interesting way to write this essay; I mean the topic is a little bland but my essay for this is kindof boring. Any suggestions to spice it up or make it seem different. (In my original essay I talk about how Algebra 2, Statistics, and Pre-calculus were the stepping stones for my passion for math and then it gets boring…) yea I dont know what else to say.

Any good suggestions will be great appreciated. Thanks in advance; and please no smart ___ answers. Thanks

ANSWER
As one who also likes math, I try to explain to others two generally unappreciated points about the subject:

1. Mathematics has a hard-edged, precise beauty to it. You feel you know something concrete and indisputable when it is quantified and when it works out. Every other kind of knowledge shades off into touchy-feely vagueness. The world of calculus is an enclosed, lovely world.

2. At base the concepts of mathematics are not as dull or as philosophically dry as people think they are. The idea of zero is an instance–it’s an essential notion, but one come to only late. The Romans, for instance, had no zero in their number system, so they were stuck at a certain (high, admittedly) level. However, there were theoretical areas into which they couldn’t foray.

And the notion of one is then also a puzzling entity. What is singular? It can only be defined contextually. Yet this concept is essential to the idea of mathematics and civilization.

To some extent point # 2 contradicts point #1–also an interesting tension.

Of course, that’s how I would answer the question. You have to answer it as you would, but maybe this will start you off.