What do community, inquiry, and work, have in common?

What do community, inquiry, and work, have in common?

The Future.

Community, inquiry, and work combined, are the necessary catalysts that enable people to develop a brighter, stronger future.

“I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent….” (Thomas Edison).

Community is an integral part for stimulating inquiry. Supplying a need is the most prominent role the community plays in changing the future. People who actively participate in the community become aware of the community’s needs. It is in recognizing these needs that ideas come to life; and, it is through inquiry that a person seeks to fill these needs and to solve the problems they present.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh! The thinks you can think up if only you try!” (Dr. Seuss)

Inquiry is a crucial part to life; it is a person’s willingness to challenge the status quo and to discover ways to improve the community. It is our natural curiosity that drives us to seek understanding of the world in which we live. Through curiosity, we learn to ask “What if?”. These questions – the “what if” questions – prompt us to discover. By asking “what if”, we challenge ourselves to find an answer to what originally seems improbable. These “what if” questions have led to some groundbreaking discoveries which have greatly affected our lifestyle over the years. The automobile, the airplane, the cell phone, the I-pod, the I-pad – are all examples of answers to people’s “what if” questions. Inquiry is the first step in taking the “what if” and making it a reality.

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” (Sam Ewing)

“What ifs” cannot become a reality without work. The inventions that we take for granted now – the car, the cellphone, the stove, the I-pod, the I-pad – did not come into being without hard work. Work is a person’s ability to repeatedly try no matter the odds against them. It can be discouraging working on a project, sometimes for years, before ever making the slightest progress. However, it is perseverance during these periods that bring about successful results. People’s perseverance and dedication are what lead to the ground breaking discoveries that strengthen our community and improve our way of life.

Community, inquiry, and work are the essential components in a persons’ ability to positively impact the world. Our future is affected when those who serve the community recognize a problem and work to fix it. Through a person’s service to the community, their inquisitive nature, and their hard working spirit, our lives are changed forever.

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I wrote the above essay when I was applying to college a year ago.



  1. sydney

    I may be wrong, but I am assume you were applying to Antioch College… Were you accepted?

    • I was applying for Antioch, and no I didn’t get in. Did you apply as well?
      Thanks for stopping by.

      • sydney

        I did apply. Sorry you did not get in. Thanks for posting it, though!

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