College Admissions Essay: Who Am I?

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“Who am I?” Around the age of 12, I asked myself this very complex and loaded question and began to work on piecing together an answer, though to this day the answer is still a work in progress. I tried on identities on as if they were costumes and my life was comprised of an endless series of Halloween nights. For a while, I was an all-black always-moody dark-eyeliner “emo” kid. This is something I rarely like to admit, considering a lot of those kids have serious problems, while my problems consisted mostly of what I was going to eat later that day. Next, I was a teacher's pet; I was an artist; I was a fashionista. Needless to say, I tried it all. Looking back, I made some regrettable decisions for my own personal style and now call this period “the dark ages.” However, overall, I was able to start the lifelong process of defining who I wanted to portray myself as and proved that I was unafraid to change this definition whenever it ceased to fit my continuously evolving idea of who I wanted to be. As my 15th birthday approached, my mother told me there was a big surprise waiting for…show more content…
At perhaps one of the most pivotal moments in the text, after questioning the reason we are alive, the teacher presents the following to the class: “Answer. That you are here--that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” In this quote, identity is inextricably tied to the students’ contributions to the world. By appealing to our visceral side, this quote begins to relate who we are to the way the world views us. In other words, identity becomes not only an introspective aspect of one’s life, but a measurable entity that others interpret based on your

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