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Life Is Either A Daring Adventure Or Nothing Essay Scholarships

“Life Is Either a Daring Adventure or Nothing” ― Helen Keller

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When we are children, the whole world is ours. We can blast off in a space ship. We can travel in time. We can build and conquer empires.

Our lives were filled with adventure. Swing sets became our flying machines. Slides transported us from safety  to the unknowns of the wilderness below. The back yard was a jungle filled with wonderful plants and animals to explore.

Then it all comes crashing down. We lose touch with our imaginations. We get stuck in reality. We no longer live with that once adventurous spirit.

What happened? Why did life go from a place of wonder to a place of routine and predictability? Can we bring it back again?

The problem is, life happens. We let the burden of our responsibilities take control of our lives. We stop using our imaginations. We stop exploring the world. We stop going on adventures.

The good news is, it’s not too late. We can live a life of adventure again. We just have to be intentional about it. After all, is a life without adventure, really worth living?

Luckily, we don’t have to go very far to live an adventurous life. Contrary to popular belief, an adventurous life isn’t just for people who backpack around the world. It isn’t just snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef or going on a safari in the Serengeti (although those are definitely adventurous too).

To live an adventurous life, you just have to define it. It’s different for every person. While some people might enjoy climbing a mountain, you might enjoy exploring an abandoned building. While some people might enjoy exploring in the jungle, you might enjoy a hike on a trail.

Figure out what makes life adventurous for you, then go out and do it. It’s as simple as that. Just know, you don’t have to travel around the world to be adventurous. What activities light you up inside? What did you do for fun as a child? Go do those things again.

Stop waiting for life to happen to you. Make life happen for yourself. If Helen Keller can live a life of adventure, why can’t you?

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Applying for Alternative Admission If You Don’t Meet The Direct Admission Criteria

Applications for incoming freshmen will CLOSE on March 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM (CST) 


If you are an incoming Mizzou freshman and do not meet the Direct Admission application criteria, you may apply to the college by writing two 500-word essays to be evaluated by Honors College faculty. The topics for these essays are listed below. Please make sure that each of your essays is well-written and organized.

Essay #1—500 word essay in response to the following prompt

Our honors college strives to recruit high-achieving students with broad intellectual curiosity as well as deep intellectual passion for specific pursuits and subjects. We want students who embrace academic excellence, and we recognize that defined eligibility criteria may not identify all academically excellent students. If you feel you are one of them, please write an essay in which you provide us with an intellectual profile of yourself.

The essay may cover any mitigating circumstances that interfered with your qualifying for Direct Admission, but it shouldn’t focus on that. Instead, your focus should be your intellectual curiosity and passion; convey these two characteristics to us through specific examples from your high school career and what you imagine will be your academic life at Mizzou.

Essay #2—500 word essay in response to ONE of the following prompts

  1. Imagine that this is your Twitter account. In 142 characters or less, write a philosophical statement of your own about pursuing honors (e.g. “Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.”—Aristotle). Then write a ~500 word elaboration of that statement.
  2. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”― Helen Keller, The Open Door
    • Describe a recent daring adventure of yours.
  3. “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with Annotations – 1841-1844
    • Describe a recent experiment of your own.
  4. “The ignoramus crow of “love it or leave it” omits other viable options, such as staying and changing it.”― Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason
    • Describe a time you changed something important to you.

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