Admission Essay on Paleontology
I will never forget my eighth birthday. Mt father’s present was the best of the best: it was the dinosaurs’ atlas. Since that time I have had a bee in the bonnet: dinosaurs have become my obsession. After my plea, my father took me to the Museum of Natural History and we spent hours there, walking under the dinosaurs’ skeletons and inhaling the dust of the past. It is useless to say that the best film of all times is “Jurassic park”. When I watched it for the first time, I clearly understood that my only way in this life would be to become a paleontologist.
Many people consider paleontology to be similar to history, as it also studies the past, but of that of our planet, rather than of our society. However, there is a drastic difference between these two subjects. Historians are more likely to find the proof and the evidence because people can tell them about their history or at least leave this material evidence. Paleontologists, on the other hand, have a more exciting and challenging job: they research the past not knowing who left it, thus taking part in investigating a great mystery of our world. And I want to be a part of this process, since in my opinion there is nothing more fascinating, than looking into the unknown.
Being fascinated by the great variety of creatures that once ruled our planet, I am ready to work hard to discover as much as possible about them. I hope being a dedicated paleontologist will help establish a link between the past and the present and maybe on this way we will be able to find out who we are and where we have come from.