Young Shakespeare

2) Creativity is found in many forms including artistic avenues, intellectual pursuits, social interactions, innovative solutions, et cetera. Tell us how you express your creativity.


At the tender age of five, I became a movie director. At night, I could entertain myself for hours at a time, lying flat on my back, in the dark, watching self-written films inside my head. These were the most exciting adventures, acted in the worlds inside my brain. I took them everywhere with me, like a snail carries its shell. Eventually, my inner cities became overcrowded with talking cats and noble knights. My tenants threatened to spill out - there was no more room left inside. The question was where to put them.

Fortunately, the solution soon presented itself as I learned to write. Entire notebooks were filled with chicken-scratch narratives and their accompanying illustrations. I finished many a novel before I even graduated fifth grade, and in middle school, I wove increasingly intricate storylines about unicorns and boy bands. To this very day, I continue to write, cramming computer hard drives and spiral notebooks chock-full of words, filling them like jam jars with the sweetest of preserves. When I took on a creative writing major at school, my fantasmic creations got a life of their own, outside my head and beyond the page as we began studying playwriting.

I staged my first short production in tenth grade, the...

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