Yale Common App Essay: Beauty

Yale Common App Essay: Beauty

Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

Beauty is meant to be a right-angled thing, my parents taught me. The object must be symmetrical, clearly defined, approved by the right critics, and represented in fine art. We cannot make beauty; we can only look at it, they said. But even though nodding knowingly at Mozart’s melodies or Michelangelo’s murals was apparently the closest we could get to the stars, I didn’t want to look at their shine; I . . .


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