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Whil majestic sunset commenced, I was held captive in the silence of existence. I shall never be the same ...

I realize that many high school seniors struggle to portray themselves as graduate students in their writing assignments. That is why, in my analysis of myself, I will be honest and straightforward: no clichÐ"©s, no profound revelations, and no uses of "strategies "out of context. In this profile, you will meet the true Amanda Jane Panther Buckley - strengths, weaknesses, life transformations and personality quirks - all the factors for a green-eyed, blond-haired girl with a distinctly silly laugh.

Although some may find it demeaning, I take great pride in calling myself "a nerd." I watch Discovery Channel and Listen to Show Tunes in my spare time. I listen to books on tape in my car. I attend leadership camps during my summers. Last Christmas, I asked for a TI-86 calculator. My friends found it amusing, to say the least. I say this because I consider my nerdish qualities to be my greatest strengths. Knowledge is an eternal marathon; my desire to learn is insatiable. To place a price tag on new information and experiences would be impossible. I want to know, I ask, I search, I read, I listen.

Along with my inherent curiosity comes my greatest weakness - my inability to set time aside for myself. When it is one in the morning, and I am diligently running my capped pen over the two hundred and fifty third page of Anatomy and Physiology, I need to pause and ask, Amanda, what are you doing? Although I try to limit these situations to rare occasions, it was my sophomore year that taught me the greatest of life's lessons. My list of activities was emotionally overbearing, homework was a chore, and math class was a burden. Swimming was my life and Theatre was my fun, my friends were my Saturday nights and my only break. I had changed from a resilient, spirited girl to a depressed, unhappy chump. What did I learn?

From that point onward, I would dedicate myself to my priorities



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