All applicants must also write an essay in response to
one of the quotes below. This essay is an indication the applicant is
willing to make the commitment to the program, and provides the program
director and faculty members of the Honors Advisory Council an
introduction to the student.
Choose one of the following quotes and write a 300-500 word essay. You may write a reflection on the quote and how you agree or disagree based on your life experiences and/or the experiences of people you admire. Or you may write about how one of these quotes will help influence or guide your planned path through college and the career you may pursue.
- "When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a
stone-cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without
as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it
would split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all
that had gone before together." — Jacob A. Riis, journalist
- "We cannot win this battle to save species and
environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and
nature as well — for we will not fight to save what we do not love." —
Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist, biologist and historian of
- "It is highly significant, and indeed almost a
rule, that moral courage has its source in such identification through
one's own sensitivity with suffering of one's fellow human beings." —
Rollo May, American existential psychologist
- "Patience is a key element of success." — Bill Gates, retired entrepreneur
- "Were it left to me to decide whether we should
have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I
would not hesitate to prefer the latter." — Thomas Jefferson, president
of the United States
- "The thing about performance, even if it's only an
illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain
within ourselves infinite possibilities." — Sydney Smith, English writer
We can accept an MS Word document or a PDF file.
Be sure to include your name and email address on your essay.
Naming convention for your file should be: