1.If you could trade places with someone for 24 hours, who would it be and why? (Answer must be between 80 and 120 words.)
I would have to go with Mel Gibson’s character in “What women want”. After a bit of a fall he suddenly has the ability to read women’s minds. As a young guy myself, this could prove to be an invaluable tool. Now I already have a girlfriend whom I love very much, but if I could understand what the heck she wants from me my life would be much easier. That is to say nothing of the other women in my life, like my mother, I think would have an easier time making her happy if I could read her mind. That may be a whole other beast though. Perhaps they will make a sequel.
2) What is the greatest "life lesson" that you have learned so far in your life? (Answer must be between 80 and 120 words.)
This summer I took a job at a factory for the good money. The works wasn’t hard, it was about as mind numbing as Novocain though. One day as I walked in at 6:30am, I noticed that the people leaving looked blissful and those of us waiting to start looked like we were on death row. As the bell sounded for the next shift I thought to myself “How can one thing cast such different feelings?” That’s when it hit me; “Happiness is merely a state of mind”. If I want to lead a happy life then I must surround myself with things that make me happy; my friends, my family, my arts, my health, money just doesn’t do it.
3) What is the coolest thing you have ever found? (Answer must be 120 words or less.)
Unfortunately I don’t own a metal detector; otherwise my response would probably be much more interesting. When I was about seven though, my family took a trip to California. We went camping in the mountains. One morning I got woken up by my father who told me to follow him, so we went walking in the woods at 5:30 in the morning. We came up to this bluff that overlooked the city below us, only clouds had rolled in and about 500 feet below was this pillow of clouds painted pink by the rising sun. We just sat there and gazed for about half an hour, I really wish I had a camera. Things like that make you feel small.
4) What book, written in the last 200 years, has had the biggest impact on your life? Why do you feel others should read it too? (Answer must be between 80 and 120 words.)
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. As a history major I have this grotesque fascination with warfare and have read many war books. They are usually written by gun-ho patriots, melodramatic vets, or bland historians. It is often hard to really get a grasp for what war does to the average kid (they are almost always that). O’Brien, however, is very relatable; you don’t get the sense that he is any different from you and as such has this unique ability to put humanity back into war. Soldiers are not pawns. In today’s world this I think it’s important to try and understand that as much as possible. I think it’s one mankind’s greatest blunders to keep overlooking that.