Campus Life mit essays that worked

‘The world was once just a tiny silhouette’

Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations? (200–250 words)

I remember when I was younger, sitting in class on the third floor of my elementary school, and gazing out the window to stare at the tiny silhouette of the Chicago skyline, a constant reminder of how big the city is. Going downtown with my mom was always a treat — I loved the hustle and bustle of daily commuters. I dreamed about becoming them, about having the opportunity to live life in a busy city.

I remember when I started high school, a school blocks away from downtown Chicago. I went shopping downtown, went to Chinatown on half-days, and ate at restaurants I had never been to before. Everything was new and exciting, and I loved trying new meals or visiting the intricate little shops downtown that no one ever thinks to stop at.

I remember when I was offered my first opportunity to travel alone, to visit a college in California. I was nervous about getting on a plane without my mom. I remember landing in California, greeted by palm trees in the middle of February. It amazed me how different two cities could be, separated by only a three hour flight. I experienced a different culture altogether — Southern California’s obsession with skateboards hasn’t really reached the Midwest.

I remember all these things and more, and am always looking forward to trying new things and seeing more of the world that was once just a tiny silhouette from the third floor.