Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. Let’s talk about eighth grade playground rules. Cutting the lunch line undoubtedly was the worst sin. But high up there among the list of cardinal sins was seat-stealing. The day Emma began stealing my assigned perfect-splinter-free seat; I knew she had declared war. Rather than conducting the war through Rock-Paper-Scissors, I was determined to cream her in Mrs. Massaro’s weekly problem-solving contests. The Friday before Winter Break, I was on a roll. I had solved the first nine questions faster than her. Moving onto the last problem of the set, I read, “How many paths in this maze can the cat take to catch the mouse?” I began delving into a maze of permutations, grids, and Vandermonde’s identity. It was an all-star lineup of the fancy stuff big high school students were haunted by. I had no clue what to do with it; but still, I was proud. Emma tackled the problem differently. First, she grabbed a blue crayon and
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