Tutor profile: Yuna K.
What is the importance of good writing?
I believe one key factor unifying the diverse academic fields Dartmouth offers is the ability to write clearly and communicate ideas effectively. Personally, I have witnessed some incredibly intelligent friends lacking intellectual confidence simply because they struggled to express the brilliant ideas in their mind on a piece of paper. I found it helpful to talk them through these ideas and help them communicate their knowledge in a more effective, engaging, and persuasive manner. As a TutorMe tutor, I hope to accomplish this same task on a broader scale beyond campus, helping others develop confidence in their written voices.
Subject: College Admissions
Why do you believe Dartmouth is the school for you?
As a curious explorer since childhood, I unquestionably wish for nature and the outdoors to influence my academic pursuits and undergraduate lifestyle at Dartmouth; I especially anticipate this nature-academia blend while journeying alongside my adventurous new friends during the First-Year trip. I’ve witnessed firsthand the passionate energy of Dartmouth students and faculty—supportive, collaborative, approachable, and generous individuals—and their enthusiasm resonates with me. Joining the Dartmouth family for the next four years (and forevermore) would afford me the opportunity to grow intellectually and emotionally in a realm of unparalleled natural beauty; I can think of no place more perfect for me.
Write several paragraphs stating your own personal, subjective case for the reasons behind American music's intense decades-long involvement with borrowed materials.
American culture — being heterogeneous as it is — lends itself to the vast reach of its influence, particularly in the realm of music. As different people from diverse backgrounds strive to identify as “American” and assimilate themselves into the American culture no one can quite seem to define, reshaping others’ works to fit their own experiences seems to be many artists’ goals. This perpetual loop of borrowing and redefining makes American culture what is is: multi- faceted, ever-evolving, and constantly defying singular definition. Another aspect to consider when regarding American music is how entire genres or style of music — take the blues, for example — can be established by a number of key chords and rhythms. American music, in that sense, lends itself to covering; having forms of music that build upon itself in such a fundamental way calls upon artists to spawn deeper, more complex works from the inspiration of a genre’s foundations, not necessarily only from other artists themselves. Finally, the manner in which our world has evolved technologically also accounts for music’s increasing malleability and adaptability, particularly in the American sphere. As modern platforms such as YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud now allow music to be accessed freely and immediately — while music manipulation programs such as GarageBand allow anyone to create something anew — the breeding ground for borrowing and covering stands rich with opportunity in the modern age. In summary, music is an art made for imitation; whether an average person simply hums a song he hears on the radio to himself or a famous artist takes that same song and transforms it into another global hit, there is no denying that music is abundantly present in our world, and the art of borrowing and covering is one that will likely never go out of style.
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