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In the Bathroom This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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In a culture filled with an incessant call to action, it is paramount that we stop to think from time to time. This may sound like common sense, but in a fast-paced world it’s hard to consider things for more than a few minutes. Throughout my hectic high school career I have made a point of doing what many people fail to do on a daily basis: reflect on and assess life and my decisions. I am a thinker. I analyze, postulate, and contemplate – sometimes too much – but always with the intention of learning something new about myself. I do my best thinking not in the classroom or my bedroom – but in the bathroom.

The bathroom has always been where I can relax, an oasis of calm and contemplation. The closest thing to an interruption is a polite knock on the door, and a soft quiet is maintained. Ample mirrors provide for sufficient self-inspection. In short, the bathroom is the ideal place for introspection and critical thought.

My bathroom is a chamber where I take solace in silence and retreat from the stresses of life. After a long day of school and homework, clubs and activities, I head there to reflect on the day past and the days ahead.

In fact, I do some of my best thinking in the bathroom. Everything from ideas for novels, screenplays, songs and movies, and what to eat for lunch are considered. Solutions to long-standing problems come in epiphanies while staring at the symmetrical, blue-tiled floor. I achieve new understanding of books while looking at the walls. I ruminate on friends and family and what they mean to me. I even consider my mistakes and attempt to resolve my flaws.

The thinking I do in the bathroom – whether asinine fantasies about my future as a rock star, or the sorry realization that my mother was in fact correct – all are important to me. Taking the time to reflect has kept me grounded, allowing me to make good decisions and stay focused on what is important. Instead of living life blindly and complacently, I have chosen to think deeply and keep things in perspective. To me, the bathroom is not a place to escape the challenges of reality, but rather a place to embrace and conquer challenges.

I know that when I go to college, and eventually into the real world, critical thought will remain a constant in my life. No matter what I do with my life – whether law, film, or literature – there will always be a quiet bathroom down the hall. And for me, that place will provide the opportunity to better myself through critical thought.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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pre_asian22 said...
Dec. 28, 2008 at 7:21 pm:
It is good but did you get the idea from an essay from the book "On Writing the College Application Essay" by Harry Bauld?
 
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MadJackIII said...
Dec. 23, 2008 at 6:23 pm:
I always felt the same way!
In fact, when I was a little kid on go in there and recap my day, add narration and commentaries. Little did I know, everyone would be listening just outside the door.
 
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Lyn said...
Dec. 18, 2008 at 12:33 pm:
hi, as far as i can remember, i think the idea is somehow like one in a book i read. the book is On writing the aPplication essay. In this book , there is an essay about a boy who likes his bathroom. Anyway, your essay reflects what you want to tell.:) good job!
 
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Tigerlils13 said...
Dec. 13, 2008 at 2:25 pm:
Lmao!!! I think you got the point across wonderfully in a very hilarious way. Haha, I hope your essay serves you well!
 
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CarefreeBob said...
Dec. 1, 2008 at 11:01 pm:
I wonder if she/he thought about how weird it is to go to the bathroom everyday. I feel bad for her siblings. Hogging the bathroom. Jeez.
 
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CarefreeCathy said...
Aug. 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm:
Your college essay reflects that you are a thoughtful and conservative person. It shows your moral in life to "Think before you act." And it hints that you may want to major in law, film, or literature. It is good to show your interest in a college essay.
 
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