What I Do for Fun - Formula One Racing

Essay Prompt

Caltech students are often known for their sense of humor and creative pranks. What do you like to do for fun?

Sample Essay

Formula One racing, a global motor racing sport barely known in the US, is MY spectator sport. It is truly a contest in strategy, engineering, and flat out speed. Most of the American racing enthusiasts are more oriented towards NASCAR, but only in Formula One do you see a car racing down a straightaway at an incredible speed and, the very next second, to be able to slow down to a snail’s pace to negotiate a hairpin turn. It requires extraordinary engineering to develop a car with that sort of flexibility, and it takes an exceptional driver to be able to make those split-second decisions without crashing (personally, I would consider myself equal to this sort of driving caliber, considering my incredible ability to escape my school’s parking lot at lunch unscathed—honestly one of my proudest accomplishments).

I have been to four Formula One Grand Prix’s thus far, always wearing my favorite team’s colors (Ferrari, of course). By the end of college I plan to have attended both the British and the Italian races. Maybe I will even be able to broaden the American Formula One base by convincing a couple of Caltech friends to go with me.

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