California Institute of Technology
Small in Size but Big in Heart
If you could meet a character from a book or a historical figure, who would it be and what would you ask them? (200 words)
“Oh d-d-d-d-dear, dear!”
Among the lush trees of the Hundred Acre Woods, a little stuffed pig named Piglet searches for his friends. Despite being a tiny ball of anxiety, he displays remarkable amounts of compassion and fortitude whenever his friends are in distress.
I would like to meet Piglet from A. A. Milne’s Winnie‑the‑Pooh because even though he is the smallest among his friends, Piglet has the biggest heart and displays exceptional loyalty to those around him. Since self-perception is so important in how one overcomes challenges in life, I would ask him about how he learned to embrace his quirks and remain courageous even when facing his harshest critic: himself.
Whether he is helping his friends capture frightening Heffalumps and Woozles, or rescuing them out from under a fallen treehouse, Piglet shows that true love and heroism can come in tiny packages. His personality fascinates me because although he quivers and stutters often, Piglet demonstrates a profound sense of bravery through both his acts of kindness and his many exciting adventures.
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