Texas Common Application Essay Questions 2009

Texas Common Application Essay Questions 2009-4
All are selective schools that accept between roughly 25% and 55% of applicants.Note: Sophie wrote this essay before the Common Application set the 500-word length limit.

All are selective schools that accept between roughly 25% and 55% of applicants.Note: Sophie wrote this essay before the Common Application set the 500-word length limit.

We questioned her on whether kids of any faith would be allowed to skate there. If the proposal were carried out, however, the skate park would be a great asset to her town, and the truth is that pretty much all of Allegany County is Protestant anyway. What we seemed to be looking at was the question of whether to endorse a program that promoted a religion. Even if in this case the result could be positive, it violated the guarantee of separation of church and state.

They would, but they would be encouraged to "find God." Would there be any religious lessons taught? In all likelihood the skate park/ministry would only benefit the community, and in a town of under 2000 people with nearly 15% of them below the poverty line, they need all they can get. I believe that any infringement of this, no matter how trivial, undermines the government’s claim to neutrality.

The woman who presented to us was in her thirties or forties and was, a board member told us, "a person of few words." From what she did say it was clear that she was poorly educated, that she was steady in her convictions and sincere in her desire to help, and that she was utterly naive about how to get the money she wanted for her program. On one side were my parents' friend, my mom, and me; on the other side were everyone else.

It was this naivety, perhaps, that gave painful honesty to her words. It seemed clear that this proposition overstepped the line--the director had stated explicitly that it was a ministry.

I began to get a sense of how things worked on a board.

I learned when to talk and when not to, and even occasionally added some input of my own. It was in one of our recent meetings that I got a taste of the heated discussions of my initial preconception.For instance, the organization Youth for Christ receives public money each year for their recreation programs aimed at getting kids off the streets and providing alternatives to delinquent behavior.These projects, including a skate park like the one in question, are separate from the group's religious objectives and programs.There was more than a month between the presentation and the vote on whether to fund the project.I kept thinking of my experience of the previous summer, working as a counselor at Camp New Horizons.This seemed inappropriate to me, since it is a publicly funded camp.I asked returning counselors if the kids were required to say the grace. I explained that I, for instance, am an atheist and would feel uncomfortable saying grace.I was disappointed, and I didn't want to go back. At first it was my mom's nagging that made me go.The more I went, though, the more I understood what people were saying and the more interesting it all was.I said sure, but wished I hadn't after the first meeting, during which a bunch of people my parents' age and older sat around discussing 'allocations' and 'subsidies.' "Nothing got done," I complained to my mom afterwards.I had thought politics was exciting; I had thought that there would be fiery debate, patriotic vehemence.


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