Like the rest of the rising seniors in the world, I’ve been writing some college essays. As I was writing this one, I realized that this was a very happy essay inspired by my favorite scientist, Richard Feynman. This is a shout-out to all my nerds out there. You guys are cool!
Hope you all enjoy,
I’m not a complete nerd. Only sometimes. I like to think as myself as a nerd in disguise. I will admit, I try to make everything into a physics joke and scream out “SAT Word!” to a bigger word than I usually hear, but at the same time I don’t define myself to completely be a nerd. I didn’t think that these part-time jobs existed, but a couple of years ago, I read about the best well-rounded scientist, Richard Feynman. I was recommended to read his book “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman” during my freshman year by my physics teacher because he thought I would enjoy it a lot. If I become a scientist, I would be more than happy if I ended up like him.
Besides being known for his work in quantum electrodynamics and his contribution to the Manhattan Project, Richard Feynman was known to be a lover of life. He always pointed out how much he enjoyed life, and did everything he did because of his undying curiosity. When he wasn’t in the laboratory, he would go on very unusual adventures such as going to Tannu Tuva, a small country that was annexed by the Soviet Union, going to Brazil to learn how to play the bongos, or learning how to pick locks. Feynman knew that there was more to life than just physics even though he knew that everything in the world had to do with it. Just like me, Feynman loved to spend time with people. He made sure he always gave his family attention and always made an effort to meet people wherever he went. Overall, Feynman lived his life one little adventure at a time.
I feel that Feynman and I are alike in different ways. Besides being completely awestruck by the world’s laws of physics, we make an effort to do other things that we enjoy. I enjoy physics. Every time I think about the fact that a photon is released from an atom when an electron goes down in energy levels it brings a smile to my face. Anytime I read about different theories, I can’t help but to just say “WOW! That’s so cool!” At the same time, I like to dance. I always wanted to be on a step squad, so I tried it out. Very un-nerdy, no? Now, I can’t imagine a Sunday without stepping for two hours with the squad. Dancing brings a similar feeling of happiness to me. I love to make noises with my hands and feet. These sound waves are beautiful. At the same time, I’ve learned how to sing. Why stop in the shower? I joined the chorus and learned how to sing, and even though I struggled with it, I can’t wait for Tuesdays and Thursdays at seven PM.
I love to try new things. Jumping to a new opportunity is just like going on a roller coaster for me mostly because it’s not expected of me to do it. I enjoy being able to experience things that most people will not have the chance to. Just like Feynman’s wife told him about cooking and what people would think about him, “What do YOU care about what other people think?” This saying has always struck me. I’ve started to become more confident in my ability to throw myself into a new opportunity and make the most of it by doing what I like. There is no use doing something that I don’t enjoy although that can be enjoyable in itself. I like to discover and I like to take risks. The world is there for me to conquer and discover!
Having the ability to be aware of the world around me has made me into a deep thinker. I like that I embrace the fact that I love to learn. I am not afraid to admit that I immediately read and research on things that I have never heard of. I love to learn. Feynman has taught me that there is nothing wrong with not knowing anything. It is simply another opportunity to learn. I love to be in a mysterious world that seems to have no purpose. I don’t have to have an answer for everything. Curiosity is one of the best presents I have received. Yes, I am a nerd, but not a complete nerd. I appreciate everything that is around me. Sure, “curiosity killed the cat,” but cats have nine lives, so why not take advantage of that?