Harvard University: лучшие эссе на бакалаврские программы 2019 года. Часть 1.

Эти вступительные сочинения были признаны лучшими по итогам 2019 года поступления на бакалаврскую программу в Гарвардском Университете США.

Конечно, университет принимал решение о приёме данных студентов не только по качеству сочинения, всегда рассматривается совокупность параметров: средний балл, сложность учебной программы в старших классах, результаты SAT и другие. Однако данное эссе даёт чёткое понимание об ожиданиях приемной комиссии, нормах стилистики и структуре.

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Samantha
State: Seoul, South Korea

High School: Private School, 400 students in graduating class

Ethnicity: Asian

Gender: Female

GPA: 4.0 out of 4.0

SAT / ACT: Reading 800, Math 800, Writing 720

SAT Subject Tests Taken: Mathematics Level 2, Chemistry, Physics

Extracurriculars: Research in greater horseshoe bats at Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Genomics Lab (Kangwon National University), Korean archery club founder and president, Dream and Act Volunteer Club vice
president, mock trial

Awards: jiIn Yong award (given to the best student of the year), third prize in National Youth Korean Archery Championship, US. National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Major: Integrative Biology

Language is not the sole domain of humans. Animals also talk, and over the last few years | have been fascinated by learning two new languages that even foreign language school students have never heard of.
Studying animal languages is very different from learning Korean, Chinese, or Spanish. There are always dictionaries to refer to when I learn human languages, but when learning animal languages | don't have a
Google translator to spit out satisfactory answers. In fact, | have to use my own judgment, which combines my mind, heart, and instinct to interpret what | hear.

Tree frogs, specifically Japanese tree frogs and Suweon tree frogs, use songs not just to express their amorous intentions but to survive. While these two species may look physically identical, they are sexually
incompatible. So in order to lure the right female, male frogs sing serenades that are distinguishable from other species. Analyzing these serenades at an ecology lab with spectrograms and waveforms, | decoded
every pulse of sounds emitted by these ravenous tree frogs into the patterns of numbers to let humans understand their lyrics.

Unlike frogs’ mating songs, bats use language not only to communicate but also to navigate and locate insects at night. While flying, bats shoot out biosonar sounds and listen to the echoes that bounce off obstacles
to grasp the world around them. Visualizing a world just with sound, | was enchanted by their invisible language when | studied the Greater Horseshoe bat's supersonic echolocation at a wildlife conservation lab.
When bats cast nets of invisible words every millisecond during free flight and ziplining experiments, we captured and revealed their dialogue that had neither conjugations nor grammar.

After eavesdropping on tree frogs’ and bats' conversations, | discovered that they use languages for survival. The language of the frogs exemplifies power — the stronger and bigger a frogs, the louderit can sing, scaring off all its prey and bravely exposing itself to predators. And for bats, their invisible language is their vision. They silently scream out for help and listen carefully as nature's echoes guide their path. In a sense, animals communicate with other species and with nature.

On the other hand, humans have developed esoteric words, convoluted sentences, and dialects to express their sophisticated ideas and feelings. This amazing evolution has, | believe, isolated us from nature. Now we prefer to live away from wildlife, tending to communicate only among other Homo sapiens sapiens through texts, tweets, and e-mails. Taking a page from Dr. Dolittle's pocket diction, | hope that my work helps us broaden our anthropocentric minds and understand animals who also share our biosphere. If our souls are reconnected with nature, maybe we could hear Mother Nature whisper some secrets about her mysteries that we are too wired or unaware to heed.

Early explorers boldly left the comforts of their homeland to learn the languages and traditions of other cultures. Due to their dedication, these self-taught bilinguals were able to bridge cultures and share values between human beings and become a multilingual biologist who connects human and animal realms. different communities. In the same way, | want to take risks in learning to communicate with other species beyond human beings and become a multilingual biologist who connects human and animal realms. | wish to venture into the animal kingdom and become a pioneer in mastering and sharing nature's occult dialects with our species. When we finally learn to comprehend and harmonize with nature, we humans might become more humane.

Sandra
State: Massachusetts, USA

High School: Public school, 306 students in graduating class

Ethnicity: Asian

Gender: Female

GPA: 395 out of 4.0 SAT / ACT: n/a

SAT Subject Tests Taken: n/a

Extracurriculars: Model United Nations president, Working to Help the Homeless president, Belmontian (community service club) secretary, Speech and Debate founder and president

Awards: AP National Scholar, Belmont High School Book Award, Belmont Latin Book Award, high honor roll

Major: Psychology
“Ut Italiam laeti Latiumque petamus"

"Sandra, would you mind reading the next few lines and translating them for us?"

The professor glanced at me, a kind glimmer in his bespectacled eyes. | gulped. | was in a classroom of eighteen, five of whom were high school Latin teachers. And | was supposed to recite and translate Livy's Ab Urbe condita — with elisions!
After fumbling through a few words and mistaking a verb for a noun, | finished the first sentence. | skimmed the second line, looking for the main verb. Singular. | searched for a singular noun and pieced the two together. Then, | noticed an.
accusative and added it as a direct object. As I continued, a burst of exhilaration shot through my body. My eyes darted across the page, finding a verb, a noun, and objects. | reached the end of the passage and grinned, relief pulsing in my veins.

"Very good!" The professor beamed at me before selecting his next victim.

A few months ago, | never would have imagined myself sitting in Harvard's Boylston Hall this summer for six hours a week, cherishing the ancient literature of Rome. Even though the professor decided | was eligible for the course despite not
taking the prerequisite, | was still nervous. | worked hard in the class, and it reminded me just how much | love the language.

Translating has always given me great pleasure and great pain. itis much like completing a jigsaw puzzle. Next, | look for phrases that connect the entire clause does this adjective match this noun? Does this puzzle piece have the right shape? The middle of the sentence is the trickiest, full of convoluted dependent clauses, pieces colored ambiguously and with curves and edges on all four sides. l am sometimes tangled in the syntax, one of the worst feelings in the world. After analyzing every word, | try to rearrange the pieces so they fit together. When they finally do, I am filled with a satisfaction like no other. Translating forces me to rattle my brain, looking for grammatical rules hidden in my mind's nooks and crannies. It pushes my intellectual boundaries. No other language is as precise, using inflection to express gender, number, and case in just one word. When | pull apart a sentence, | am simultaneously divulging the secrets of an ancient civilization. Renowned scholars are telling the stories of their time through these words! No other language is as meticulous. Every line follows the same meter and the arrangement of every word Is with a purpose. The story of Pyramus and Thisbe includes a sentence where the word "wall" is places between the words "Pyramus" and "Thisbe" to visually show the lovers’ separation. Translating is like life itself; the words are not in logical order. One cannot expect the subject of a sentence to appear at the beginning of a clause, just like one cannot plan the chronology of life. Like the delayed verb, we do not always know what is happening in our lives; we just know it is happening,

When translating we notice the nouns, the adjectives, and the conjunctions just like we see the people, senses, and connections of our lives. However, we often do not know what we are doing and ask ourselves the age-old question: Why are we
here? Perhaps we are here to learn, to teach, to help, to serve, to lead, or just to live. We travel through life to decide what our purpose is, and it is that suspense and our unknown destinies that make the journey so irresistibly beautiful. | feel
that same suspense and unknown when | translate, because | am beautifully struggling to unlock a past | know very little of It is unbelievably exhilarating,

Thus, | question why others consider Latin a dead language. Itis alive in all of the Western world. The Romance languages of French, Spanish, and italian all have Latin origins. Without Latin, | would not be able to write this essay! It is alive in the
stories it tells. You may see an apple and associate it with orchards, juice, pie, and fall. When I see an apple, | think of the apple of discord thrown by Eris that ultimately caused the Trojan War. This event, albeit destructive and terrifying, leads to
the flight of Aeneas and eventually, his founding of Rome.

| study Latin for its rewarding return, incredible precision, intellectual challenge, rich history and culture, and deep influence on our world. | study Latin to show others how beautiful its, to encourage the world that it should be valued. | study
Latin to lead our society, like Aeneas did, toward a new city, a new dawn where everyone appreciates a mental trial of wits, everyone marvels at a vibrant past, and no one wonders whether Latin is dead or not.

Christopher
State: Philadelphia, PA

High School: Private Quaker school, 84 students in graduating class

Ethnicity: Biracial

Gender: Male

GPA: n/a

SAT | ACT: n/a

SAT Subject Tests Taken: US. History, World History

Extracurriculars: Cross country / indoor track J outdoor track captain, newspaper editor in chief, literary magazine editor, Monday Series — speaking series and publication founder and editor, Student Religious Life Committee chair, Student Council,
Obama 2012 campaign organizer

Awards: Award as top community organizer in country for the Obama 2012 campaign; State champion in the cross country, 4 years in a row

Major: History and Literature
When I broke the news to my volunteer team, we were in a church basement, cleaning up after the final event of the summer. | tried to downplay it. | nudged Ms. Diana, the neighborhood leader, in the shoulder, and said, "Guess what I'll be
doing next Wednesday — having lunch with the president.” Her face blazed with a kilowatt smile. Before | could slow her down, she shouted, "Christopher's meeting President Obama next week."

Eldred dropped his broom, Ms. Sheila left the cups scattered on the floor, and all the others came running over and fusilladed me with questions. Yes, the campaign had chosen me from all the other summer organizers. Yes, | would bring photos
for everyone. And yes, we had the strongest team by the numbers — total calls, knocks, voters registered, and events — in the country.

| felt guilty that only | could go and told them so. "I wish that | could bring you all with me. You made nearly all of the calls, brought your friends and family along, and made this what iti. I've just been here to facilitate." The others good-naturedly shouted me down. Then Ms. Melva spoke up. Her words were pressed out against the heaving of her respirator. "Christopher, don't feel bad. You'll bring us wherever you go in your pocket. Just pull us out when you meet Barack."

Fora long time, | was perplexed by her advice. Then | thought back to the exercise that we employed before any volunteer activity. We sat in a circle and gave our reasons for being in the room, willing to work with the campaign. That way, when it came time to make our "hard ask" on the phones, we would be supported by personal conviction and shared purpose. The "hard ask" is the Obama campaign's tactic for garnering support or a commitment to volunteer, moving from values to idealism to specific action.

In my work on the campaign, | am reminded of my cross-country coach, Rob. Before every single race, from petty league meets to national championships, Rob taps the spot on his thigh where a pocket would be. We look at our teammates who
are lining up with us and tap the same spot. Coach Rob is reminding us, and we're reminding each other, that we carry "the bastard” in our pockets with us throughout the race.

"The bastard in your pocket" is a metaphor for the sum of our efforts to succeed as runners, "The bastard” exists as a sort of Platonic ideal form of the high school cross-country runner, melded from accrued mileage and mental conditioning. My goal in a race is to take this ideal form and to transform it into a reality that lives on the course.

I want an education that fills my pockets. And, perhaps more importantly, an education that prompts hard asks, that demands us to use "the bastard” and that uses the compounded experiences of a group for a single purpose.

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