Misc. Topics Sample 39

Essay Prompt

What matters to you, and why?

Sample Essay

Faith and science both mean everything to me. I am a devout fundamentalist Christian who is also a budding scientist with dreams of majoring in biology, conducting laboratory research, and attending medical school. You see the problem, right? If not, let me explain.

When most students were learning the principle of natural selection, I was memorizing what happened on the third day of creation according to Genesis. Any mention of evolution in the classroom at my Christian school evoked a harsh reaction from teachers and students alike. Conversely, I discovered that any reference to creation in the science laboratory brought shocked reactions tinged with contempt. Sadly, in the communities I value most, I can’t discuss what matters most to me.

In time, I hope I will find Christians and scientists who will join me in respectful and questioning conversation about faith and science. For now, I have come to a personal peace that I am both a Christian who believes in creation and a scientist who is drawn to biology and research, because it allows me to explore the intricacies of God’s creation.

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