Or are you that guy who is always trying something new, and so has shoes that are minimalist, pimped out with LED lights, and bundled up in Gore-Tex?
A look into the closet can be a look into the soul.
If you can't imagine someone reading your stuff, write a journal.
College admissions officers are generally nice people, sometimes smart enough to have been admitted to the universities from which they are now rejecting thousands of applicants, who read huge numbers of files from identically-qualified students. Much has to do with personal preference and the reality of the numbers.
Often first drafts are stiff and stuffy, where the writer seems to be wearing someone else's clothes and looks uncomfortable, maybe even a little fraudulent.
I ask my students to write their first drafts in the form of an email to me. This exercise can help shake off some of the writerly pretentions they find appealing and that make me, as a reader, want to retch.Writing requires discipline and patience and multiple revisions.Pick up any running club newsletter or click on a friends blog and you will see hundreds, maybe thousands of words, but most of them are not arranged in a way that makes you want to read them.By the end of the essay, after far too much time in the prison-house of someone else's consciousness, I would be screaming to go for a run myself and would have learned no more about the writer than that he had won/lost/finished the race and that it was hard. It was by a kid who had been a soccer player and used to make fun of the runners with their itty-bitty shorts.After running a 800m as a freshman, he decided maybe there was something to running after all. When he showed up on campus, I tracked him down and we became friends, meeting for weekly breakfasts at a local diner. When I asked him about why he didn't write about that, he said he didn't want to seem like he was bragging.I went back to the beginning of the school year when I was debating if I should run.I remember debating to myself if I would be able to handle the hard work, pain, discipline, desire, and heart that was needed to be competitive at the sport.(Well, not really, since I don't approve of bandits.) So what? Winning doesn't afford that many opportunities for emotional growth.TO ESSAY IS TO TRYWe get the word essay from the 16th century French writer Montaigne.After a short while, the moment eventually faded, but the lesson I experience from the race and the whole season will stay with me forever.Summarizing Ralph Waldo Emersons words, we have to be motivated and work hard to achieve our goals.