What if Batman Wrote a UC Statement
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
I am an insomniac, or rather, I am nocturnal. I am the night, if you will. My sleeping habits have shifted dramatically as I have grown up – but I have thrived on the change.
The transformation began early in my life, with the loss of my parents; their absence is what originally kept me up at night. Over time, I have learned to cope without them, but I still remain awake for most of the night. I now sleep briefly between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to get the necessary rest I need, and study and train for the remaining twenty-one hours a day. Gratification in this “feat” may seem strange, but my schedule has allowed me to do more with the time I have made for myself; I make sure not to waste it.
My parents left me, among other things, an extensive library of books that has contributed much to my education. “I’ve studied now Philosophy and Jurisprudence, Medicine- and even alas! Theology, from end to end with labor keen.” Every night, as the sun gets closer to rising, I stay awake pouring over Poe, nitpicking Nabakov, waxing poetic with Wordsworth, and doing my detective work with Doyle. Of all the collections I possess, Sherlock Holmes has always been my favorite. I have a few times found myself ahead of him in his investigation, but I am always ahead of Dr. Watson.
With my extended time during the night, I have also been able to establish an exercise regimen; the inspiration came oddly enough from a night sitting up with Socrates. In the daylight, I run track and practice martial arts – and take pride in my progress in both strenuous activities. I have been recording my mile time in a book for years, and I push myself to never do worse than the day before.
Because of my persistence in my training and my persistence on foot, I was able to stop a mugging in the streets of the city; this act of swift justice led me to my library in search of a new focus: criminology. Now, my evenings have become less literary and more concerned with criminal psychology. Jung and Freud are the friends now that keep me company in the evening hours. Criminals are a superstitious and cowardly lot. In the future, I intend to put all my skills to use in apprehending them and making the world a safer place to live – to honor the memory of my parents, and to help those who cannot help themselves.