How did you first become interested in Reed and why do you
think Reed might be an appropriate place, both socially and
academically, to continue your education?

I could tell you a heartfelt, sentimental, poignant story about first seeing a Reed
College refrigerator magnet (my uncle got it at a reunion, I think) and feeling first deep
emotions stirring somewhere inside my spleen.

Or I could meticulously paraphrase the numerous brochures and articles about
Reed that I have perused.

Yet another option would be to rent a small airplane and skywrite, "I want to
go to Reed," in colorful pollutants.

And I probably would resort to one of these strategies, had I not some real
incentives to attend Reed College. They are based on what I have learned from The
Princeton Review, general knowledge, conversations I have overheard, and other
miscellaneous tidbits of information sent to me by friends and relatives.

First of all, I must express my admiration to the people who have decided that
education is, after all, the purpose and responsibility of a college and established the
precedence of academics over sports at Reed college. I'd like to attend a school
where I, a debater, will not be viewed as a second-class citizen by football players.

Secondly, the notoriety of great educational standards has reached me all the
way in Vancouver (OK, so it is only across the river) and enticed, attracted, and
urged me to apply to Reed. Rumors of the "side effects" of avalanches of homework
and sleepless nights have crept here, too, but I'm up to the challenge. After two years
of juggling high school, college, and extracurricular activities, receiving assignments
only at one place just might be paradise.

Lastly, Reed's geographical location is just like pretty wrapping paper and a big
red bow on a present that's already great ( forgive the allusions to the Haagen-Dasz
commercials). Living in Portland, I would be simultaneously away from my family in
Vancouver--and as close as I might need to be! Not only would I have the
opportunity to become better acquainted with Portland, but also to judge at debate
tournaments for my old high school! The possibilities are mouthwatering.

Jokes aside, I believe that attending Reed will be one of the most sensible
things I might do in my whole life. Learning is what I do best, and at Reed I will have
the perfect opportunity to excel at it.