The following are responses to Northwestern University’s short-essay questions.A) If you could hold a world record, what would it be and why?

I would like to become the youngest person to genetically engineer a treatment for a genetic disease—youngest because time is of the essence with illnesses. Working in a genetics laboratory at New York University’s Bellevue Hospital has inspired me to excel in this area. The implications of discovering a genetic treatment for one disease are far-reaching. Due to the similar nature of genetic diseases, the development of this one therapy could ultimately lead to the discovery of many other such cures.

B) You have just become the ruler of a country. What is the first law you enact?

One of the most important acts in American history was when George Washington voluntarily chose to step down from his presidency after two terms. He understood that beliefs, cultures, and ultimately entire nations change over time and that leaders should thus change as well. George Washington knew the danger of placing authority in one person’s hands and realized that power must be regularly given back to the people. My first law, therefore, would be to set term limits for leaders.

C) You have the chance to ask one question of the creator of an original work. Who is the creator, what is the work, and what is your question?

I have always loved the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It conveys beautiful lessons of selflessness, compassion, and love. I wish I could ask the author who, if anyone, inspired this story. Was it a particular person or event, or does the tale simply stand as an allegory for what he ideally hoped to find in others?

D) In the spirit of Northwestern’s tradition of collaborative learning, please provide us with an original essay topic or short statement you’d like to see on next year’s application. (All of this year’s essays and short statements, except for this one, were suggested by students.)

What color, word, piece of art, or moment in history best symbolizes you or what you want to become?

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