Memories from childhood make up some of the most popular topics that students like to write about on their personal statement. Partly because they tend to be moments that offered a new perspective or a time they look back to for clarity. Regardless what the reason is, it can be difficult to approach the topic because it’s intimate in nature. Here are a few examples from Northwestern, Yale and UPenn students on how they approach the topic:
University of Pennsylvania ‘17
“Marco”. . . . No reply.
And that was the genesis of a true life lesson. A game of Marco Polo that gave me a new vantage point on life.
Summer 2012, sixteen years old, long overdue on learning how to swim. In the words of Lao Tzu that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” so too did my journey begin with one step. A step backwards as I tried to escape from Omar shouting “Marco.” A step backwards that would send me plummeting from the placid 3 feet water in front of me to the engulfing 10 feet of water behind me. View full profile!
Stanford University ‘17
The day our house caught fire I chose to accept my role as the leader of my household and assume its inherent responsibilities.
In the still and frigid hours of the night, I woke up to the stench of burnt plastic and the scorching pain of my smoke-filled lungs. Before I could fully comprehend the dangers of our situation, I was already dashing across the room, dragging younger siblings out of bed while sternly urging them to crawl outside through the back door. Read on.
Yale University ‘17
To the outsider, the chain-link and barbed wire fence enclosing the field did nothing to enhance its appeal. Save for a few trees and a couple of patches of grass that lay around the edges, the field was flat, brown, and dusty. On some days, when the wind was blowing just right, I could chase the dust twisters. I imagine that it resembled the sort of fields my Midwestern ancestors encountered during the Dust Bowl. Back then, more of life was about living with what was available. That the field was a barren, infertile place did not limit its usefulness. To me, that field was the perfect canvas. Continue reading.
Northwestern University ‘16
John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
These four names, out of all others, are the most recognizable to me. When I was six years old, on one of the first few days of first grade, a kid who would eventually become my closest friend asked me if I liked them.
“Who?” I asked.
“The Beatles! What’s wrong with you!” View full profile.
Northwestern University ‘17
I was born with everything: not five personal TVs and a butler, but happily married parents, a home, and a big golden spoon clutched in my sticky little fingers. Better yet, I didn’t even need to share. Growing up as an only child, “daddy’s little angel” and “mommy’s personal food critic”, I was a concoction of spoiled, spice, and everything not-so-nice—reflecting all the stereotypes of an only child. Keep reading.
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Childhood is the first stage of life. A family is a place where the child is first born. So parents and other family members are actually responsible in shaping a child’s future and also in making the childhood of a child memorable.
The most important thing which makes childhood memorable is love and care of the family and family members. A child has the purest heart any human being can possess and all that heart desires is love; no matter what the circumstances are. Any person who claims that he or she had an amazing childhood has witnessed sufficient amount of love, care and affection from their family members.
The memories of childhood have their own place in any individual’s heart. As one grows up, one feels more and more attached with his childhood, the best period in an individual’s life. Having no anxieties, worries or work, a child is free from the dirty and filthy noise of the worldly life. When individuals recollect the memories of childhood, they feel delighted as it is the most pleasant period which is free from any kind of worry or anxiety.
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The memories of childhood haunts an individual throughout his or her life and they wish that those childhood days full of pleasure come back despite knowing that childhood is a thing of past. Time is always passing fast and it is impossible for anyone to enjoy the days which will never come back.
Childhood is the period which has often been praised by poets and writers. As one grows in age, he or she feels great attachment and attraction for the days spent in childhood. Everyone deep inside their hearts wants to be children again but the fact remains; those days cannot come back however hard we try.
Children are actually God’s gift to planet earth and it is also said that if one keeps a child happy, they are keeping the almighty happy. Childhood is in fact God’s best gift to any individual and we all are aware of the fact that money can buy anything but even all the money in the world is in-sufficient to bring back the past in anyone’s life.
Childhood is that golden period of life which flies away without giving any notice and never comes back. But we should all be aware of an important fact about childhood. It is during childhood that a child is moulded as an individual for the rest of his life. What the child will learn and see from his or her family, teachers and peers is what he or she will learn in the future.
Just as a potter moulds the pot according to his wish, similarly any individual is moulded in his or her childhood. If the moulding is good, the child will turn out to be a perfect individual who will help in the growth and advancement of the society, nation and the world at large. If on the other hand, the moulding is bad the child can result in being a menace to the society. It is thus essential for the parents that they instil the values of good character, patriotism, respect for the elders, helping people in need and the like in the child from a very early age to brighten their futures. Every child must be given the opportunity to enjoy his or her childhood to the fullest by their parents.
Studies are important but one should not over- burden a child with extra- curricular activities. Yes these activities are important but one should not forget the fact that these activities can be learned later also but childhood once gone never knocks our door again. When a child stays happy, the feeling of happiness will always remain intact in his or her heart even when they grow up because even the slightest memory of the beautiful phase of life removes all the tensions from someone’s life and brings smile on the lips. We should realize the fact that we are extremely lucky for having an amazing childhood.
Some children are not even blessed with a beautiful childhood especially those involved in child labour. Childhood is the most important period of an individual’s life and it is the period which lays the foundation of a child’s future.