This essay has been submitted by a student. This is not an example of the work written by professional essay writers.

Personal Quotation Essay: College Admission Essay Sample

downloadDownload printPrint

Pssst… we can write an original essay just for you.

Any subject. Any type of essay. We’ll even meet a 3-hour deadline.

Get your price

121 writers online


“The unexamined life is not worth living.” -Socrates

As a Philosophy major, perhaps it is of little surprise that I chose this quotation. Nevertheless, I do believe it conveys better than any other who I am and what I value. If Socrates was at all correct in his assertion, then I vainly suppose my life is quite worth living. In every way, I believe myself to be a philosopher—an odd claim, no doubt, for any college student to make. And yet I think it is not; and I believe those who know me best would agree. For even into the most leisurely settings, I inject my examinations of life and its purpose, of ethics and God. While my roommate plays mix tapes of Lil’ Wayne, I retaliate with audio books of Nietzsche or BBC radio clips of Bertrand Russell (although I do like Lil’ Wayne). My ponderings seem susceptible to no context or setting; neither to breakfast nor dinner, nor the treadmill or my bed before sleep. The very last conversation with my mother was the teleological approach of Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics. And with my father, a lecture on Aquinas’ Summa Theologica. Perhaps it is worth noting that my mother could, only with great difficulty spell ‘Aristotle,’ and as for my father, he would be fortunate to place the life of Aquinas in the correct millennium.

Since childhood, I have been both contemplative and passionate. It was not, however, until my later years of high school that I began to gain a great passion for the art of thinking itself. Perhaps one of the very first instances of this came in my junior year, when my Religious Studies teacher so boldly endeavored to give his own proofs for God’s existence. They were indeed quite horrible. Thereafter, I could not help but reflect on what I considered the egregious lack of reason he employed or on the subject matter itself to which he applied such a dogmatic approach. After many nights of intense thought I constructed my own proof of sorts, with an opposing conclusion—that God in fact did not exist. Although it was both rigorously devised and quite thorough in its premises—its length being around two pages—my purpose lay not in its conclusion. In fact, at that time, my own personal opinion would have led me more to agreement with my teacher than dissent from him. Instead, what I had perceived was a grave threat to the ideal I was beginning to adopt and hold dear: that above all, truth was the greatest thing a person could attain and that proper reasoning was the sole means of its attainment.

The preceding anecdote is just one of many that could relate the kind of person I am. In my Senior year of high school, I would often vacillate from wall to wall in the corridor of my dormitory, reading the original Latin text of Ovid’s Metamorphoses before sleep. When I attended college in New York City, I would ride the subway for hours sometimes on weekend nights, or pace the banks of the East River, considering a particular philosophical topic inspired either by class or conceived of by my own accord. And when I first came to my present school, I took it upon myself to find a replacement for my old sanctuaries of thought—now the austere book stacks of the Philosophy library. But if you would think that I am a recluse, or a hermit of sorts as a result of my intense love for thinking, you could not be more astray from the truth. For like Socrates, with whose words I began this essay, I often seek to reason dialectically; even sometimes with quite unexpected people. There is likely no better example of this than the hour-long conversation on Existentialism I had with a Dell Technical Support agent, just after he helped me with my laptop. A week later, I conversed with one of my roommates, a Neuroscience major attending Harvard Medical School next fall, about the correlation of God’s nature to meta-ethics. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this ended-up more a debate with myself than with him, as he seemed at first lost and then (maybe as a result) indifferent. Nevertheless, all things considered, I think Socrates would be proud.

Remember: This is just a sample from a fellow student.

Your time is important. Let us write you an essay from scratch

experts 450+ experts on 30 subjects ready to help you just now

delivery Starting from 3 hours delivery


Hi there!

Are you interested in getting a customized paper?

Check it out!

Find Free Essays

We provide you with original essay samples, perfect formatting and styling

Cite this Essay

To export a reference to this article please select a referencing style below:

Personal Quotation Essay: College Admission Essay Sample. (2018, May 03). GradesFixer. Retrieved May 27, 2023, from
“Personal Quotation Essay: College Admission Essay Sample.” GradesFixer, 03 May 2018,
Personal Quotation Essay: College Admission Essay Sample. [online]. Available at: <> [Accessed 27 May 2023].
Personal Quotation Essay: College Admission Essay Sample [Internet]. GradesFixer. 2018 May 03 [cited 2023 May 27]. Available from:
copy to clipboard

Where do you want us to send this sample?

    By clicking “Continue”, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.


    Be careful. This essay is not unique

    This essay was donated by a student and is likely to have been used and submitted before

    Download this Sample

    Free samples may contain mistakes and not unique parts


    Sorry, we could not paraphrase this essay. Our professional writers can rewrite it and get you a unique paper.



    Please check your inbox.

    We can write you a custom essay that will follow your exact instructions and meet the deadlines. Let's fix your grades together!

    Having trouble finding the perfect essay? We’ve got you covered. Hire a writer

    We can help you get a better grade and deliver your task on time!

    • Instructions Followed To The Letter
    • Deadlines Met At Every Stage
    • Unique And Plagiarism Free
    Order your paper now