Why Major X - Maybe Human Rights, Maybe Math

Essay Prompt

For applicants to Columbia College, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time. (300 words or less)

Sample Essay

I am currently undecided but only because I have interests that pull me in two different directions. One part of me is drawn to studying human rights. The other part of me is drawn to studying math.

Human rights has emerged as one of my interests less because of my studies and more because of experiences and activities in high school. I have always believed that every person deserves to have a voice that is heard. I have translated my belief into action by creating a Social Justice Activist Group at my high school and by spreading awareness about the political situation in my home country of Venezuela. I have found that through these activities, I very much enjoy making a difference in my community.

I suspect that I am drawn to math in part because I've lived in so many countries and have received my education in so many different schools. No matter where I am "y=mx+b" is comfortingly the same. Furthermore, I grasp the concepts fairly easily and I find solving the problems satisfying. I am somebody who enjoys the order math brings. For me the world simply makes sense if I can prove it.

Although I am undecided now, I expect that, in my first two years of college, human rights or math will either assert itself as my dominant interest or I will choose a double major.

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