The following is an a college entrance essay I wrote in my senior English class.
Kite flying should be in the X-Games. It is more dangerous than any sport I have ever participated in. Who could have predicted that the most substantial injury of my life so far would be a result of a geometry class project?
My classmates and I could feel the excitement ripple through the air as Mrs. Smith read us the instructions. We were to build tetrahedron kites out of tissue paper, straws, and thread. The greatest danger seemed to be thirty overly enthusiastic freshmen with scissors, but we managed to construct our kites with no harm done.
The next day, we headed across the street to the high school football stadium to test out our new creations. All seemed to be going fine, and eventually, much to our chagrin, our fifty-five minutes of class were nearly over. As we were preparing to leave, my friend Elisha noticed a kite stuck on the barbed wire by the bandstands. She insisted that we retrieve it. I readily agreed since Mrs. Smith had threatened the class with our lives if we left any trash on the field. Our mission seemed simple enough: walk to the fence, pull the kite down, throw it away, and walk back to the mid-high. Elisha walked over and, well, couldn’t quite reach it. Height is not her gift. Upon seeing the sad puppy dog look on her face, I got the kite down for her. As we walked toward the trash can, I felt a wave of pain shoot up my leg, and I fell to my knees. I had stepped in a rut left by a construction vehicle. Instead of simply walking back to the mid-high, I had to hobble across the street in agony. Two trips to the doctor, two X-rays, ten weeks in a boot, another trip to the doctor, and an MRI later, I found out I had tore two ligaments in my ankle.
I am probably the only person who has spent nearly two years in physical therapy because of geometry. I made it through seven years in competitive gymnastics with no injuries, and I managed to hurt myself in math class. Thank heavens I made it through trigonometry and calculus in one piece!