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“Books are a uniquely portable magic”


Stephen King


The "Words"

Reading has been an integral part of my life. My eclectic reading tastes have played a crucial role in shaping my personality and contributing to the person I am today. By exploring a wide range of genres, from fiction to non-fiction, poetry to plays, I have developed a multifaceted understanding of the world and the human experience. This diverse reading journey has nurtured my curiosity, empathy, and open-mindedness. It has broadened my perspectives, allowing me to appreciate different cultures, ideologies, and voices. By immersing myself in various literary worlds, I have learned to think critically, analyze complex themes, and articulate my thoughts effectively. Moreover, this eclectic reading habit has instilled in me a lifelong love for learning and an insatiable thirst for knowledge. It continues to be a cornerstone of my personality, fueling my intellectual growth and shaping me into a well-rounded individual.

During high school, I pursued English at a higher level, immersing myself in the works of literary giants like Shakespeare, Bernard Shaw, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and H.G. Wells. This exposure to a wide range of authors and styles expanded my understanding of storytelling and the human experience.

Even now, I continue to devour books, reading approximately 100 each year. I find immense joy in delving into the lives and memories of others, gaining insight into their journeys and the paths that led them to where they are today. Some of my favorite non-fiction works include "The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon" by David Grann, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, "Becoming" by Michelle Obama, and "Educated" by Tara Westover.

On the other hand, fiction allows me to escape into captivating worlds of high fantasy. Authors like Brandon Sanderson, N.K. Jemisin, Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett have transported me to realms where I can lose myself completely.

Poetry holds a special place in my heart as well. From classic poets such as Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe, and Homer to modern voices like Ocean Vuong, Mary Oliver, and Amanda Gorman, I find solace and inspiration in the rhythmic beauty of verse.

Having grown up reading classics, influenced by my mother, I have set a personal goal to explore as many timeless literary masterpieces as possible.

Through my diverse reading experiences, I have developed values such as empathy, curiosity, and a deep appreciation for the power of words. These values have shaped me as an individual and will undoubtedly contribute to my growth and engagement within the college community.

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