University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
Even at 6:30 in the morning, with blurry eyes, wet hair and a to-go mug of tea, I always find that my breath is taken away by the sight of my bus stop. It faces the Chesapeake Bay, looking over a stretch of grass that slopes down to the water. On a clear morning, I can see the ever-moving line of cars cross the Bay Bridge to the north, watch the sleepy towns on Maryland's Eastern Shore twinkle to life, and follow the path of a crab boat as it hauls in its cargo before dawn. To the south, I can see an expanse of open water that leads to the mouth of the Bay, and to the Atlantic Ocean.
For a few months each year, before it gets too dark, the sunlight spills over the horizon and paints the sky in vibrant orange, delicate pink and soft, creamy yellow, fading to a deep, velvety purple-black at the top of the sky. On those mornings, I stare out and eagerly consume the view I've been given, and the day that follows is always a little bit brighter.
I've seen the view from my bus stop nearly every day for fourteen years. Naturally, it's easy to take such a privilege for granted. But I know without doubt that where I've lived, and what I've gotten to see, has shaped who I am and who I will become. I've been fortunate enough to see the...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 848 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 6359 literature essays, 1754 sample college application essays, 259 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.
Already a member? Log in