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As the beast ran rampant through the streets, I couldn’t help but wonder if my work had been for naught. Trying to salvage any remains, I chased my dog from the room and stared at the havoc left in his wake. The city lay in ruins; the buildings were razed. The prospect of beginning from scratch was ponderous, but I instantly welcomed the challenge. With patience and determination, I began returning the small plastic bricks into their former glory; and then greater glory. Block by block I rebuilt my cities and block by block they built me. From these Legos I learned valuable lessons in versatility, creativity, and tenacity.
The sheer vastness of possibilities that Legos present is both intimidating and exhilarating. The colorful blocks lay strewn about in no particular pattern and no particular order. From this chaos virtually anything can be created. As a child I gradually learned not to be intimidated by the endless possibilities but to embrace them, to relish the opportunity to create something from nothing.
A preschool teacher recommended holding me back one year. Because I preferred the challenge of Legos to running about with the other children on the playground, she believed that I was socially and psychologically unprepared for school. Little did she realize that the creativity these blocks taught me became a cornerstone for the rest of my life. The seemingly insurmountable challenges gave me confidence and taught me to value cooperation. Watching my Lego edifices grow slowly but surely skyward taught me patience. Watching them fall again taught me the tenacity to continue onwards. Remembering how each task was created piece by piece allowed me to, line by line, memorize the works of history’s greatest playwrights. I was able to join MEChA and help lead the Latino community as co-president, arranging events with our two hundred members. My organizational skills were further utilized as the commissioner of elections.
Legos also taught me to help others and to ask for their help. I realized that with the creativity another person at my disposal, we could build things we had never even dreamed of on our own. During my senior year of High School I was introduced to crew. I was enthralled by the rhythmic grace of the sport. My dreams soon had me breathing the early morning air nearly flying over the surface of the water. This dream seemed destined to die unfulfilled because I grew up in a part of the country where “crew” refers to the roadside construction teams, but before the year was out I had convinced one of the Olympic coaches to take me under his wing. This interest is one I would like to develop further.
As the years went by, my Lego blocks made way for the blocks of my future. But just like my experiences with Legos, I continue to choose individual blocks from chaos, each one bringing me closer to the life I dream of. The spires lead up to a diploma, the drawbridge leads to a family, and the buttresses support my lofty aspirations.




Visitor Comments

Comment: i was just looking for a paper due today and i had to read all this it was sooo good
Rating: 10


Comment: this is one brilliant essay i found in this website!
Rating: 10


Comment: talk about best writing!
Rating: 10


Comment: What are you talking about? The person lost me after the second sentence! This is an obvious attempt on the author’s part to flex his vocabulary muscle…what a waste.
Rating: 5


Comment: very impressive
Rating: 10


Comment: This wouldn’t get you into Texas Tech, let alone Stanford.
Rating: 2


Comment: Good Essay. I like the “Legos” theme that the essay was built up around.
Rating: 8


Comment: Legos are the basis of this essay. It’s all or nothing. If the admissions officer reading this essay thinks that playing with Legos is juvenile, you’ll be rejected. In addition, the word choice is awful. Some words are used in the wrong sense entirely, while others make you look pretentious. This is NOT the type of essay Stanford is looking for.
Rating: 4


Comment: Who the hell talks about Legos in an college admissions essay?!
Rating: 1


Comment: Very interesting, but i would like to see more detail within its structure. there is no paragraphs inside its main theme which should withhole the little odds and ends. it has flabbergasted my reading abliaty with its stupidy.
Rating: 10


Comment: What the hell does crew have to do w/ legos?
Rating: 4


Comment: NICE TRY. Sorry if that sounded too deprecating but i dont belive this essay deserves anything more than a three. Some flaws that are quite glaringly obvious include trying to force big words that sounded very akward and helped slow the flow of the essay. Another is the far-fetched try of relating how legos “shaped your life.” Legos are legos, they are toys, nothing more. I could see how they possibly teached you a lesson, but its hard to believe that they actually affected the students life as described. Overall its clear that this person spent a good amount of time on this essay, but I don’t believe this is the type of essay Stanford would like.
Rating: 3


Comment: the whole thought of relating to your life on LEGOs is child like. Everyone that has read this is now more stupid. Thank you for wasting my time.
Rating: 10

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