Example of an Application Essay for a Maths Course.

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College of Arts and Sciences: Describe two or three of your current intellectual interests and why they are exciting to you. Why will Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences be the right environment in which to pursue your interests? (650 words)

I grew up in the atypical environment of an international school, atypical to most all other Japanese but it has enriched and exposed me to differing perspectives. My school peers came from 52 countries, and each of us had interesting narratives and a personal history. My interaction with my classmates has accentuated my life, providing a dash of Tabasco sauce to the sometimes bland pizza of Yokohama, Japan. Unlike cultural nuances, mathematics is universal. As I studied the subject further, my interests evolved. I realized that everything around us is affected or controlled by mathematics--from computers to planes, planets to the cells in our body. Indeed, mathematics everywhere present.
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Due to my abilities, I was selected as a member of my school's Kanto Mathematics Team during my freshman and sophomore year. We participated in a tournament consisting of 10 schools across the Kanto Area in Japan with over 300 students competing. During my freshman year I placed 19th out of over 80 students my grade level. The following year, I volunteered afterschool to tutor my classmates. This not only drew me closer to my peers but it also significantly improved my comprehension of mathematics since I had to teach it. During my sophomore year, I finished in ...

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