Why Major X - Engineering to Save the World

Essay Prompt

Brown’s Open Curriculum allows students to explore broadly while also diving deeply into their academic pursuits. Tell us about an academic interest (or interests) that excites you, and how you might use the Open Curriculum to pursue it.

Sample Essay

I love math and physics. Math just makes sense to me and always has. It’s logic and reason appeal to my analytic brain, plus it is somehow comforting to know that cosine squared and sine squared will always equal to one. On the other hand, physics challenges all that math certainty and catalyzes my creative brain. It calls on me to be imaginative in the quest to explain how the world works.

So why not pursue concentrations in math or physics or both? Because, as I explain in another answer, I’m convinced that my life’s work is to help save the world. Math and physics are great as intellectual interests, but it is Engineering -- the application of the concepts to solving real world problems -- that will allow me to actually achieve my dream of doing my part to save the world. So Engineering it is.

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