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Prompt 1: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

Managing to break free from my mother‟s grasp, I charged全力冲刺. With arms flailing 用力地胡乱挥动 and chubby legs fluttering 颤动的beneath me, I was the ferocious 残忍的two- year old rampaging 暴怒 through Costco on a Saturday morning. My mother‟s eyes widened 放宽 in horror as I jettisoned 投弃my churro 西班牙油条; the cinnamon-sugar rocket 飞驰;飞快的移动 gracefully sliced its way through the air while I continued my spree 狂欢. I sprinted 全速奔跑through the aisles, looking up in awe敬畏 at the massive bulk 体积,容量products that towered over 高出,胜过me. Overcome with wonder, I wanted to touch and taste, to stick my head into industrial-sized 工业规模的 freezers, to explore every crevice. I was a conquistador征服者, but rather than searching the land for El Dorado, I scoured 擦亮,清除aisles for free samples. Before inevitably being whisked 挥动away into a shopping cart, I scaled 衡量a mountain of plush 长毛绒做的 toys and surveyed the

expanse that lay before me: the kingdom of Costco.

Notorious 声名狼藉的for its oversized portions and dollar-fifty hot dog combo结合物,小型爵士乐团, Costco is the apex顶点,尖端 of consumerism用户至上主义,保护消费者利益运动. From the days spent being toted 手提,携带,背负around in a shopping cart to when I was finally tall enough to reach lofty sample trays托盘, Costco has endured 持续a steady presence throughout my life. As a veteran 富有经验的人,老兵Costco shopper, I navigate the aisles of foodstuffs, thrusting 有强大推进力的the majority of my weight upon a generously filled shopping cart whose enormity juxtaposes 并列,并置my small frame. Over time, I‟ve developed a habit of observing fellow patrons tote their carts piled with frozen burritos玉米煎饼, cheese puffs泡芙, tubs 桶 of ice cream, and weight-loss supplements. Perusing the aisles gave me time to ponder仔细考虑. Who needs three pounds of sour cream? Was cultured yogurt any more well-mannered 有礼貌的,行为端正的than its uncultured counterpart 极相似的人? Costco gave birth to my unfettered 无拘无束的curiosity.

While enjoying an obligatory 义不容辞的,义务的hot dog, I did not find myself thinking about the „all beef‟ goodness

that Costco boasted. I instead considered finitudes有限;界限 and infinitudes, unimagined uses for tubs of sour cream, the projectile 抛射的motion of said tub when launched from an eighty foot shelf or maybe when pushed from a speedy cart by a scrawny 骨瘦如柴的seventeen year old. I contemplated 沉思the philosophical: If there exists a thirty-three ounce 盎司jar of Nutella, do we really have free will? I experienced a harsh physics lesson while observing a shopper who had no evident familiarity of inertia 惯性‟s workings. With a cart filled to overflowing, she made her way towards the sloped exit, continuing to push and push while steadily losing control until the cart escaped her and went crashing into a concrete column, 52” plasma等离子体 screen TV and all. Purchasing the yuletide 圣诞季节的hickory 山核桃木smoked ham inevitably led to a conversation between my father and me about Andrew Jackson‟s controversiality. There was no questioning Old Hickory‟s dedication; he was steadfast坚定地,不变的 in his beliefs and pursuits – qualities I am compelled 强迫,迫使to admire, yet his morals were crooked . We both found the ham to be more likeable令人喜欢的–and tender.

I adopted my exploratory skills , fine tuned by Costco,

towards my intellectual endeavors 努力,尽力. Just as I sampled buffalo-chicken dip or chocolate truffles 松露巧克力糖, I probed 调查the realms of history, dance and biology, all in pursuit of the ideal cart –one overflowing with theoretical situations and notions 概念 both silly and serious. I sampled 取样calculus 微积分学,结石, cross-country running, scientific research, all of which are now household favorites . With cart in hand, I do what scares me; I absorb the warehouse that is the world. Whether it be through attempting aerial 空中的yoga, learning how to chart 绘制。。的图表,记录blackbody 黑体radiation using astronomical software, or dancing in front of hundreds of people, I am compelled 强迫的to try any activity that interests me in the slightest. 极不重要的,最少的

My intense desire to know, to explore beyond the bounds 范围,跳跃of rational thought; this is what defines me. Costco fuels my insatiability 不知足and cultivates curiosity within me at a cellular 细胞的,多孔的level. Encoded 编码,译码to immerse 沉浸,使陷入myself in the unknown, I find it difficult to complacently 自满的,得意的accept the “what”; I want to hunt for the “whys” and dissect 仔细分析 the “hows”. In essence本质上;其实, I subsist on 依靠。。生活;

以。。维持生命discovery.