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My Personal Essay

Brett McCollum



Why Do I Do What I Do



Growing up with three older siblings, (all four of us were only five years apart) I think I was somewhat more dependent than independent in most of my interactions. Maybe it’s my status as an Echo-Boomer, but I always participated in team sports, and I always cherished my community time as a younger brother. Maybe it’s also for this reason that I simply cannot truly say I have a passion or something that really defines me. I love… Continue

Added by Brett McCollum on October 15, 2009 at 4:14pm — No Comments

who i am, what i do, why i do it.

I run, I eat, I play Frisbee, I talk a lot, I play video games, I love my family, and I treat others, as I would like to be treated. I run because it makes me feel good, I eat because food is one of the most important things in my life. I enjoy talking because I enjoy meeting new people and having friends. I play video games because I love the feeling of competition with others. Which has led me to hate to lose. I love my family because they have always been there for me, they have always been… Continue

Added by micheal fischetti on October 15, 2009 at 4:08pm — No Comments

wdydwyd - Mika

I am 누나. This is the Korean word boys use when addressing their older sisters. Mika is my 3-year-old brother. Because of the 14 year gap between us, I recently became not only his big sister but a third parent. In high school, my parents did not give me chores so that I'd be able to allocate more time towards school work or personal time off. However, with the birth of Mika came the inevitable chores of changing diapers, feeding, bathing, and lots of cradling. These were the most joyous… Continue

Added by Diana Lee on October 15, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What the future brings

When I was twelve my parents asked me where I wanted to go to college. I told them I wanted to go to FIDM to which they replied, ‘Michelle, fashion college isn’t real college.’ And though that may seem a little harsh at first, I’m glad they told me that, because they knew I could get to higher places and still do what I really wanted to do.

As an environmental science major, I know realize I can do much more for my world than to promote consumerism, but at the same time, whenever I’m… Continue

Added by Michelle Honda on October 15, 2009 at 3:59pm — No Comments

not thinking outside the box.

While I realize it is socially popular (and pretty cool-sounding) to rebel against authority, to be a unique individual, to "discover" yourself, I honestly have no yearning to join the ranks of the fierce, independently confident teenagers striding to create their own radical identity. The idea of being "outside the box" never made sense to me. What makes up the boundaries of the walls in that enclosed area? Is it doing what my parents tell me? Is it going to bed early and always finishing my… Continue

Added by Lois Lin on October 15, 2009 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

WDYDWYD?

I am a paranoid perfectionist. My perfectionism is likely caused by my biggest fear: being inferior. I always avoid being inferior by striving for perfection. My worries about doing wrong or being inferior often get the best of me. When it comes to school, I study harder than needed because I must get that ‘A’. I might even study material the professor said is not important because I am paranoid that a question about it might show up. Every time I enter a new class, I am worried that I am… Continue

Added by Andrew Napolitano on October 15, 2009 at 3:42pm — No Comments

...because I'm expected to perform.

When I was still in the womb, my father placed a pair of headphones playing “The Sound of Music,” on my mother’s belly. I believe that my musical journey began at this point, as a musically inclined fetus. I was a painfully shy child growing up, but I always had the insatiable urge to perform. At the age of four I began performing for family and friends. By the time I was seven I began taking singing lessons, and at the age of eleven, I had won my first state singing competition. From then on,… Continue

Added by Neyshia Go on October 15, 2009 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Because i am always ready for a challenge

Roshni Patel

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There are three types of people in this world: 1) Those who make things happen, 2) Those who watch things happen, and 3) Those who say, "what happened?". We each as individuals decide who we want to be, but more often than not, most people due to society's high expectations and demands find themselves lost in the last two types. These very words marked the crux of the Nourish International Summer Institute that I had the opportunity to attend this… Continue

Added by roshni patel on October 15, 2009 at 3:38pm — No Comments

FEAR OF THE SILENCE-WYDWYD

As a young female, I have adapted to certain things that are truly unequal, unfair, and unjust. There has always been a mountain in the way of a goal or a dream. But the mountains of life aren't always there to make things difficult. They are there to make you fight for what you want and live for tomorrow’s success. With every struggle I have faced, I sacrifice to make things better. I am the girl, with light brown hair, asian eyes, dark skin, the daughter of a Salvadorian mother, and a… Continue

Added by Kimberly on October 15, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

This is Me

I do what I do because I’m mad to live

Mad to experience the vivacity,

Mad to make mistakes.

Because being perfect is not me

Because I’d rather be Real than a nameless face liked by everyone

Because I can’t Fake it,

Because my emotions are written on my sleeve as clear as the sky is blue.

Because every feeling is felt to the core.

Because I am human

A person who’s had too much experience,

Too much hurt for a mere 18 years.

But still… Continue

Added by Michelle Lin on October 15, 2009 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Why do I do what I do? ._.

“Oh, that’s flat.” I took notice of my perfect pitch when I was around thirteen years old. My piano teacher didn’t believe that my self-proclaimed perfect pitch was really “perfect”, so she pressed random notes on the piano while I looked the other way; surprisingly, I got every single note correct. Having perfect pitch can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. There are only two possibilities how my perfect pitch came to be—piano and choir.

Before I began to learn piano, I did not know… Continue

Added by Tammy Lo on October 15, 2009 at 3:03pm — 1 Comment

"why do you do what you do?"

My name is Sea Mee Lee, and English name is Sally Lee. I am Korean who was born in May 5th of 1989. I am the youngest child who has an older sister. I am Christian who worship, praise, and pray for God every Sunday in Irvine. I am a pink person who loves everything that is pink. For my physical appearance, I am short and skinny like a normal Asian student. For my personality, I am friendly and caring to people and animals; I am also organized and prepared for every assignments I do in school… Continue

Added by Sea Mee Lee on October 15, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Because you are so negative.

To put it simply, I am an optimist. I attempt find the silver lining in every situation and the good in every person. Whether it be failing an exam (a learning experience in my opinion), not getting tickets to a concert (a chance to save money and find something else fun to do), or having to move away from all my friends (an opportunity to make so many new ones).



Most people call me naïve for even trying to do so. They’re probably right. Why do I bother to live my life like this… Continue

Added by Holly Barnard on October 15, 2009 at 11:36am — No Comments

Living a colorful life^^

Discussion 1C



This is who I am…

I am like a Rubik’s Cube. How am I like a Rubik’s Cube? I am a really confusing and a challenging person. However, once you solve me, you will be able to understand why it takes such a long time to understand me. Just like how the Rubik’s cube has different colors, I live a very colorful life; every step of my life is filled with spontaneous and ecstatic moments, where nothing is impossible and boring, because I would always find out the most… Continue

Added by Julia Hijoo Kim on October 15, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

i am a goldfish and the piano is my bowl

I hope that every time I play piano I am answering this question for the people who are listening. I want them to accept it as a gift, which is the best thing I have; and I hope that it will have value for them: express something for them, remind them of something they lost, or show them they are not alone in what they feel. I play because I want them to value life: theirs and mine also.

Added by Lana Chae on October 14, 2009 at 7:20pm — No Comments

I joined wdydwy because I always do what I am asked

I joined wdydwy because I always do what I am asked Continue

Added by Aaron Weimer on October 10, 2009 at 7:53pm — No Comments

10/10/09

I just drove three hours to see my family for just one day....i do it because i love them wdydwyd

Added by Aaron Weimer on October 10, 2009 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Why I join wydwyd?

I have always been in between life's layers of structure. Not fat but not thin. Not beautiful but not ugly. Not dumb but not geeky. My family keeps on telling me that I should have some structures of identification for that is only way to be part of society, a social strata. I guess they will never see my point of view. In life....ALL structures are unstable. From Goverment, Wall Street, and even marriage. For life in truest form is a combination of ART and THOUGHTS that is mix with 4 elements… Continue

Added by Instruments of inspiration on October 4, 2009 at 8:12am — No Comments

Logo Design Creation Process From Concept To Completion

Do you want to know the secret of how top-quality graphic designers design logos? This article will disclose exactly how top-notch logo designers of today’s contemporary age design their logos. It will show the design route that these designers undergo to get to their final logo design.



Logo Designers Design Route:



1. Logo Design Brief

2. Background & Competitive… Continue

Added by Kathy Maxwelll on September 29, 2009 at 10:25pm — No Comments

9/11th Education Trust



The September 11th Education Trust is a non-profit educational organization that aims to educate students about the horrific events of the terrorist attacks. The September 11th Education Trust has lobbied hard, and there are 6 states that will have a September 11 unit added to their curriculum.



Part of the materials includes a video of interviews with eyewitnesses, including Hillary Clinton, Muslim scholars, and Rudy Giuliani, who at this point seems incapable of… Continue

Added by DylonS on September 13, 2009 at 9:40pm — 2 Comments

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