I’m currently writing a college essay. The essay prompt is: “Consider something in your life you think goes unnoticed and write about why it’s important to you.” Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated.
<p dir=”ltr”>Every morning, my grandfather diligently gets out of his bed with one specific task in mind. He proceeds into the kitchen to grab a handful of peanuts and seeds, then continues outside to distribute them into the bowls he had carved from wood. The wooden bowls are then carefully tied to the largest tree in our backyard. Observing his actions, I notice him sitting for several hours while maintaining his focus on the treats as he waits with anticipation. After some time, several squirrels would scurry over bouncing from branch to branch, finally reaching the wooden bowls to consume the treats. One morning after another, it came to my attention that the time it took for the squirrels to come seeking for the treats was drastically shorter and shorter, and that my grandfather’s presence was starting to become less of a bother to them. Although they are of different species and do not speak the same language, they seem to completely understand each other and respect one another.
<p dir=”ltr”>Constantly observing my grandfather’s actions led me to realize something that had been going largely unnoticed — which was the efforts he put into the relationship between the squirrels and himself. Although many people may see it as a hobby or just simply feeding some poor animals, it is actually more than what it appears to be. From carving the wooden bowls to waking up early every morning, my grandfather demonstrated the importance of continuously making an effort into the things one cares about. From repeatedly feeding them and waiting for several hours, my grandfather showed how patience and trust are necessary and how they should be initially established as the foundation of a relationship.
<p dir=”ltr”>Watching my grandfather was a lesson in itself. It was highly beneficial to me to learn the different values crucial to building connections with people. Reminiscing back to the experience, I have now realized how much my perception of relationships has changed, or rather that it has been greatly shaped by the experience. More importantly, I was able to gain a new perspective on relationships and the factors that contribute to a stable and strong connection I initially thought that building a connection with others just simply involved interactions, and no more than that. However, after watching my grandfather, it has become apparent to me that relationships that just involve small amounts of interactions are weak and only temporary. As a result, I have learned that strong and worthwhile relationships require effort and time.
<p dir=”ltr”>Not only that, I recognized that the application of these key factors is not limited to just relationships, but that they can also be applied to the real world. Just as if it were a relationship, achieving goals can be seen in the same way. With my experience combined with the lessons I learned from watching my grandfather, I have become aware of the fact that success cannot be easily accomplished, and that one must invest time and effort in order to become successful. Acting accordingly to this rule, I have ever since attempted to achieve my own personal goals with the mindset of putting maximum effort into whatever is required in order to accomplish them. Whether it may be relationships or goals, it is clear something worthwhile can only be achieved through effort.