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Columbia University application, short essays

By MarleeFox, Annapolis, MD

Essay 2 prompt -
Please tell us what academic class has been your favorite and why


At first, I loved chemistry because it felt like magic: extraordinary and inexplicable. After a while, I began to love chemistry because it did not feel like magic at all: no longer inexplicable, only extraordinary. Chemistry amazed me because I could watch things change right before my eyes. I loved the neat bottles in the lab cabinets, containing ingredients for transformation, and looking at the periodic table at the front of the room, knowing that everything I have ever seen can be broken down into those 118 boxes. Whereas math or physics problems took place on paper in fascinating but imaginary worlds, chemistry was something I could see, touch, even taste.

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