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What does intellectual vitality means
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2 months ago[edited]

Copied and Pasted from the Stanford Admissions website:

Intellectual Vitality

"We want to see your commitment, dedication and genuine interest in expanding your intellectual horizons, both in what you write about yourself and in what others write on your behalf. We want to see the kind of curiosity and enthusiasm that will allow you to spark a lively discussion in a freshman seminar and continue the conversation at a dinner table. We want to see the energy and depth of commitment you will bring to your endeavors, whether that means in a research lab, as part of a community organization, during a performance or on an athletic field. We want to see the initiative with which you seek out opportunities and expand your perspective."

After reading one of your responses to your previous question about awards and competitions, you mentioned your deep commitment to being involved in Muslim/Islamic coursework and student organizations. One avenue I see as a possibility to expand your perspective is to consider using your knowledge and insight of being a person of your faith and sharing that with people like myself who only have a cursory knowledge of your religion, its strengths, traditions, and perhaps you can defend some criticisms of it, if you are allowed to have independent thought about that. I don't know what your personal communication strengths are but considering writing about something about it to a different audience. Perhaps you can create a youtube presentation or hold a TedTalks type of venue at a neighboring NON-Muslim school to bridge some misunderstandings or misconceptions of being Muslim. It's just a thought. When you desire to be a competitive global candidate in a traditional American college setting, you will face challenges because most of these colleges have had a very parochial perspective for the first 200- 300 hundred years before they welcome persons of color, women, and more recently been allies to the LGBTQ communities.

Good luck with your college admissions process.

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