re: «Over these last several weeks of summer vacation, Nicole has been working, and working some more, on her common application essay. She’s gone back and forth between two ideas, trying to perfect both, hoping that the one she ultimately chooses will best reflect who she is.»
If Nicole can give herself “permission” to spot the deeper, unexpected, but always “there” connection between her two “separate” essays, she’ll see that she can meld them into one self-defining piece of writing of inestimable power and supremely serenity-eliciting satisfaction. You too, for that matter, with your own writing.
What are colleges looking for? People who don’t care what they’re looking for. That’s what the amazing process of writing a college essay is really all about.
However, I do not think it should be banned completely. There might be some positive effects of extreme sports. First, extreme sports play a very important role in some inventions and progresses in our life. For example, modern plane and aviation industry would be impossible if without the courage and risk taking spirts of Wright Brother around one hundred years ago. World class motor racing also contribute greatly to the technology development of car industry which have been improving our daily life. Second, extreme sports are the best example of Olympic spirits which is faster, higher and stronger. Third, I think we should find ways to control the risks instead of total prohibition.