Volunteering for blood drives or building houses. In a year where 10 brilliant kids are vying for every one slot at your average Ivy League school yes, that statistic is accuratethe personal essay has become a tipping point that can turn a deferral into an acceptance letter. The essays were slipped to us by college professors, high-school guidance counselors, independent admissions consultants, and even staffers at student newspapers. Scroll down to read the essays, unedited and in full.
How did we reach such a ridiculous state of affairs? The first Oscars ceremony was held in Hollywood in in front of just people.
Fifteen statuettes were awarded, and the entire thing lasted 15 minutes. Everyone who won an award was thrilled to see their work as an actor recognised by their peer group. None of them made any speeches about political issues.
On and on it went. To which I simply ask: The Oscars were the third-least-watched of the 21st Century, indicating that nobody wants to hear all this hand-wringing clap-trap. In the good old days, stars would be derided for going political at the Oscars.
Of course, the provocative nature of the Trump presidency has massively exacerbated the desire from Hollywood liberals to whack him in public. The nonstop Trump bashing is boring. These people idolise the same movie stars. Especially when so many have been such rank hypocrites about it.
I used to love Streep, and considered her the best actress of all time.
Then he fled the country to avoid serving his sentence. The double standard stinks. Each time, I focused my questioning on films, fashion and fun — not on how attendees intend to save the planet or how much they hate their President. But for reasons that baffle me, they now seem to see a primary part of their job as being a political activist.
Their job is to entertain us.
So today, I issue a heartfelt plea for Hollywood to return to an Academy Awards ceremony in the spirit of the very first one — an event that simply celebrates the very best of its business. Spare me virtue-signalling nonsense at the Oscars.Unmaking England Will immigration demolish in decades a nation built over centuries?
THE VIRTUE OF SILENCE Of all the virtues that most men and women disregard, it is silence. People go about in their everyday lives not even noticing the beauty .
We cannot, should not, carry on as if nothing has happened. "Half visual essay, half verbal investigation, “Silence” is thoughtful and informative as well as contemplative and restorative.
It both tells you why you perhaps yearn for silence and shows you what it would look like if you could find it.". The French writer Maurice Blanchot, who has died aged 95, was not so much a private person, it was almost as if he was perpetually absent.
He lived in isolated places, such as the village of Eze. The virtue of silence allows us to practice wisdom and avoid folly in our conversations. May I, and you, dialog well with those around us. Shawn White is a Christian Apologist with degrees in Christian Apologetics from Biola University (MA) and Religious Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary (BA).