Scholarly Statement ArielTix

I'm interested in knowing how things, specifically life and living organisms, work. I love to know things, and to understand how life works. That's one of the main reasons I am pursuing degrees in Chemistry and Biology. I am so excited to learn about the complexity of the world we live in, and in chemistry there's a focus on the smallest of particles that make life possible. In Biology, the study of life, I get to learn about the processes of life, theories on how it began, and how much it has changed. I think one of the biggest controversies in any science course, is the theory of evolution, its been debated since the concept was spelled out. In my experience my professors have always addressed the controversy and dealt with it so not to offend anyone, by laying out the evidence, because even in science its hard to "prove" everything, but evidence suggests certain "truths" that communities hold. The questions I ask usually pertain to how or why something came to be, for example I think a lot about how complex life really is, and that if certain requirement weren't met, we probably would be living right now. I wonder about how flowers get their color, how some animals have developed defense mechanisms over the years, or how dinosaurs fit into history and how different life is now from when they were on the planet . More recently I learned why carbonated beverages are stored at low temperature and high pressure, this is an everyday example that has a explanation in science and that's why I'm passionate about science, because that's how I can get answers. I know that we'll probably never know everything but that's fine too, somethings are better left a mystery.

English was my worst subject in high school, I was not fond of writing, or learning how to write, I understand that it has practical uses in everyday life, especially when you get into higher education. I would like to be able to write better, as it is also a major mode of communication. Although I am not fond of writing courses, there have been several assignments that I did enjoy from my college in the high school course, Writing I. I enjoyed analyzing books and short stories, I liked most of the selections that my teaches picked, so it was easier to write about. I think my favorite assignment was one entitled "TED Talk" for this assignment we were to pick a topic of interest and speak about it to our peers for a minimum of ten minutes, with the accompaniment of a visual aid. My thesis was, "People Matter" I wanted to convey how important the people in everyone's lives were because they help make you who you are. I talked about how my skiing coach encouraged me and helped me be more independent., I was the slowest skier on the team but he was always there cheering me on, and was proud of the way I finished my races, because he knew what mattered most was that enjoyed skiing for myself and I didn't matter how I compared to other skiers.I skied because I loved it, not because I wanted to be better than anyone else. I also wrote about one of my teachers who was passionate about learning. He was convinced there was always more to learn, (most likely true) and that he wasn't an expert on anything, which always made me laugh. He's probably the most intelligent person I know. He would make the class think critically, about "facts" and how different sides cherry-picked theirs to only show select evidence, and he brought up the question of how we know what we know, and "truths". This was a great new skill for us, to question the validity and bias of an argument, the basis of critical thinking is to question and listen to many sides of an argument rather than forming hasty opinions. These two people had a great impact on me, and how I chose to think and how I acted, people matter, they help make you who you are. I loved that project for my writing class, because I knew what I wanted to write about, and I was passionate about it.

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