Admission Essay

STATEMENT 1: At a recent Commencement Mass, LMU’s past President, Fr. Robert Lawton, S.J. said, ”So what is the answer to this deep insecurity we all feel? The answer, I think, is to embrace the adventure of becoming deeply, and fully, ourselves. This is what God is really calling us to. It seems like the riskiest of all journeys, this journey to be oneself. But it’s ultimately the journey that leads us to happiness, that leads us into God’s dreams for us.”

QUESTION 1: Why do you think Fr. Lawton says the “journey to be oneself” seems the riskiest of all journeys? What risks lie ahead as you embark on your college career, and the “adventure” of discovering and becoming yourself?

STATEMENT 2: Speaking about education, Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

QUESTION 2: Critical thinking is a central goal of Jesuit education, and at LMU you’ll be asked to think critically and intensively in every class. Dr. King suggests that critical thinking results in our ability to inform intelligence with character, and strengthen character with intelligence. Please talk about a situation that demanded critical thinking from you, and how your choices or decisions integrated intelligence and character.

STATEMENT 3: A motto often associated with Jesuit and Marymount schools is “Educating men and women for others.” Fr. Pedro Arrupe, the former head of the Jesuits, once said that “our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others, who believe that a love of self or of God which does not issue forth in justice for the least of their neighbors is a farce.”

QUESTION 3: What do you think Fr. Arrupe meant when he said this? Please give an example of someone you know, other than your teachers and parents, who works for justice for the least of their neighbors.

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