In my years of life, I hope to forever persist in aspiring to learn all that I may glean from the world around me, without ever mistaking all that I have learned—even all that has been added to the knowledge bank of all of humanity—for all that there is to know, perpetually discovering bliss in both new ideas and the potential for more. At Haverford College, a liberal arts college in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia and my residence for the next four years, I will challenge my preconceived notions of life’s many mechanics, and I will grow from my constant deliberation over truth and morality, in the many realms of history; literature; peace, justice, and human rights; and art; all under the shades of world languages both inclusive yet nonexclusive to English. In my coming years, and for the rest of my life, I hope never to accept either my current perspective or my community at large as correct or concretized; instead, I hope to forever alter both, forcing my life upon the path of an asymptote approaching perfection.
By the end of my life, my ultimate plan is to have bettered several people in my surrounding community; to have offered them an alternative perspective, a new voice, or an unwaning pair of ears; and to have formulated a sustainable legacy, encouraging others to adopt these same goals. For career paths, I have contemplated following the righteous path of pedagogy, devoting my life to the upbringing of new generations, the best people to instill a positive change within our ever-adapting world, as well as taking a spot on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, to, with my pen, devise a positive precedent for all of the judiciary of our country, following those who have illegalized segregation and who may instill marriage equality for all. Additionally, I have contemplated continuing my career in journalism, in which I can both easily and quickly augment the world’s great bank of knowledge, foster empathy in human beings all over the world, and force transparency amongst modern corporations and governments so often ridden with corruption.
Regardless of whatever I ultimately decide for my lifelong career—if I even choose a single one—my years at Haverford will teach me the ultimate lessons of life: how to read critically, question analytically, write complexly, and articulate precisely; in teaching me how to learn, my academic preparation will lead me to a life of economic viability in whatever career in which I may find myself, many years from now.
While I cannot yet decide my life goals, my college major, or how I plan to pursue any of my future plans, I certainly know one aspect of my future years: many times, I will face defeat, rejection, and change, yet, because I will have learned how to reanalyze my situation and my priorities, I will forever continue to reach my potential with pragmatism and passion. I will study; I will learn; I will question; and, in the end, I will have accomplished everything I had set out to do and more.