This was her admissions essay.
My Favorite Quote
College Admittance Essay
“Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than a whole one.” This was once said by the poet and writer of Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White. The quote implies that some people who may seem crazy, or “not quite right”, could be the source of brilliant ideas. It could also mean to imply that genius ideas are born of imperfection. This is my favorite quote because it makes the fantastical ideas worthy of consideration.
To me this quote tells me that keeping your mind open to ideas, however crazy they may be, might soon pay off later in life. It inspires me to think about what the results might be from a revolutionary or unusual approach to a problem. New discoveries could be made in unorthodox fashion. It also inspires me to take a closer look at people and listen to ideas that may come from all sources, rather than just the accepted ones.
A great example of the implications of this quote is Albert Einstein. This man, in my opinion, was unorthodox (many thought he was crazy), but he was a genius. He invented the Theory of Relativity, which was completely schismatic, yet he got expelled from school as a boy. He was completely unorganized and didn’t have a good memory. But, he was a genius and is thought to have been one of the smartest people in the world.
I think, if more people would apply the quote to their lives and minds, then we’d make scientific and cultural advances faster. People would realize that an idea might be crazy, but it just might work. We could have discovered things that we might not discover for another millennium. Humans, in particular, are comfortable with the way things are. Opening their minds to a new experience means letting in new thorns with the new rose. That potential is a little scary for some.
This quote inspires me and should inspire others. I think people should be more open-minded and tolerant of the unusual. We need to realize that we should all express ourselves freely and be less afraid of failure. Because, when we fail, we acquire knowledge which leads us to a later success. We’re all “cracked pots”. Therefore, each and every one of us carries the potential to be a genius.
I wish I had written that well as a 12 (soon to be 13) year old kid!! I wish I had been that critical of language and inference at 12. Hell, there are times when I wish I was that quick NOW. And, in other ways, this scares me. Are we making the right decision? We aren't doing boarding school. In the end, it wasn't something we felt good about. Yet,...now I'm left feeling like I'm not doing right by her. BAH! Anyway... just thought I'd share the essay.