Finally, I got a glow-in-the-dark toy from my Burger King Kid’s Meal. I held it up to the light and went to a dark room to enjoy the luminescent figure. However, within five minutes, it started to dim, and I was disappointed. How could I make a glow-in-the-dark toy glow forever? Maybe if I held it up to the light longer? I taped it to the lamp and decided to leave it there for a long time so that the glow-in-the-dark could ‘charge’. After watching two television shows, I went to check on my toy, only to find out that the heat from the lamp had melted and deformed it. I went to go check to see if it would glow longer than before, but it only lit up for about the same amount of time as before. Lesson learned. Although I had just destroyed a toy that I liked, I walked away with a smile, knowing that it was worth it because I had discovered something new.
Since I was young, that was the kind of person I was. I lived to learn new things by experience as opposed to reading about others’ experiences in books. Curious at heart, I had always wanted to see for myself, to try new things, and push boundaries as far as they could go. Whether or not I succeeded in my task was of little importance; I was content as long as I had acquired knowledge of my own volition. It was not so much the result of my endeavors that fueled my need to know, but the value of my own experiences. However, this particular trait of mine also brings to light one of my flaws—I do not fear failure. This has made me somewhat reckless because I do not realize my limits.
This is why I have such a profound infatuation for the math and sciences. In physics and calculus problems, I am allowed to take the knowledge that I know to find the solutions to problems. In chemistry labs, I can experience first-hand the phenomena that were explained to me in the textbooks. My personality drives me towards my goal of becoming part of a research lab one day.