Discipline is an often misunderstood concept. (Though this may surprise you, at no other time in my life did I see discipline misrepresented more than during my four years at Harvard.) Often met with a groan from teenagers and adults alike, discipline tends to signify work, effort, and overall unhappiness. Discipline, however, can also mean fun and relaxation if carried out correctly. For instance, consider the following example of a hard-working yet undisciplined student:
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Though I do a great deal of academic advising and understand the rampant competition for undergraduate and graduate admissions, I am always careful about suggesting activities for the “wrong reasons.” I never want students to participate in activities just for the admissions process; rather, I urge genuine interest and the pursuit of excellence. A stellar application is merely a by-product of bona fide effort.
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