Activity Sample 5

Essay Prompt

The abolitionist and Rochester luminary Frederick Douglass said, "Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done." Your ‘ability to do’ will appear in other parts of this application. Please illustrate here how you properly apply your powers to ‘things needed to be done.’ The Rochester region and its University enroll, employ, and foster independent thinkers who create positive change in their communities. In seeking to join them, show us how you approach this ideal in your own life, family, and/or community. (100 words)

Sample Essay

When I transferred to my new school, the first club that I joined was Project Green. That fall, the club embarked on a clean energy project that would provide the school with solar panels on the roof for free IF we were able to enough local residents and businesses to sign up for a new “clean energy” plan. We pounded the pavement staffed "sign-up stations" throughout the community, and got the necessary sign-ups. The school now has solar panels – saving $2,400 on electricity each year and making our community more environmentally responsible.

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