Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world. Please write the quotation, title and author at the beginning of your essay.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” (Walden; or, Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau)

I have always heard that it is best to be well rounded. However, I like to think of myself as pointed. Although I am involved in many activities that I love and value, the passion that most propels me forward is my desire to create. My experience with designing and building my second tiny house, which represents the culmination of a two-year independent research project, has taught me how to value simplification, be resourceful, and doggedly pursue my goals.

My thesis is about the process of planning and constructing micro-dwellings, which are essentially very small homes. At the beginning, all I possessed were a few shaky graphite drawings and my overwhelming wish to will them into existence. I began to literally and figuratively develop my foundations, mastering the basics of carpentry by watching YouTube videos and collecting tips from the local Lowe's staff when I endeavored to make my first house. I added to these skills for the second house, and at the suggestion of my project mentor, a local architect, I worked determinedly for hours on...

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