Formative Community - The Great Outdoors

Essay Prompt

Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it. (250 words)

Sample Essay

As a believer that just as sun always follows a storm, and that time spent outside should always follow time spent inside, I am a member of the community dedicated to spending time in nature. I have found that my intellectual pursuits cannot be fully realized in the vacuum of libraries and classrooms, and that grabbing fresh air is essential to keeping my mind sharp and maintaining my individuality. I am most 'me' when revering a sky pierced by alpine daggers, churning my feet across a broken-in running trail, and smelling the perfume of a wildflower.

I take every chance I get to reach out to nature, whether it be unrolling the car windows, eating breakfast on our deck, or organizing a weekend hike with friends. I know I cannot spend as much time outdoors as I would like every day, but I have learned that even the smallest interaction with nature can restore my internal balance; whether simply walking to class with my eyes turned to the sky or watching the tomatoes slowly ripen in our vegetable garden. In establishing the Outing Club at school, I have been able to share my philosophy on the importance of incorporating nature into our everyday routine. I have loved learning from the disparate members of the Outing Club, people with experiences and backgrounds different from mine, but who share my love of nature. We have learned not just from nature, but from each other and about our place in the world.

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