2004-02-28 19:23:26

College Admissions Essay - Contraholics Anonymous, by Phyire Fly

Learning takes place both inside and outside the 
classroom.  Those experience shape who we are.  Describe 
your most significant and memorable learning experience.

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Contraholics Anonymous

	Hello; my name is Erin and I’m a Contraholic.  This 
will be my fifth year since I started.   Actually, my 
father got me hooked on contra.  He picked up the habit 
from my Aunt and brought it back with him. I had never 
heard of contra prior to his addiction.  Little did I know 
how this folk dance would impact the course of my life.  

	My Dad used to drag me to the contra hall every 
weekend but I refused to participate.   I’d sit on the 
sidelines and watch as everyone else enjoyed themselves.  
But my defenses and excuses gradually began to weaken as a 
result of the persistence of my father and his contra 
friends.  In the end it was too strong for me and before I 
knew it my feet were moving by themselves.  In a short time 
I found myself allemanding and gypsying all over the 
floor.  I was hooked.

	It would be a lie if I said I didn’t enjoy it.  It 
was relatively easy to do once I learned the basic steps.  
Everyone did the same thing at the same time so there 
wasn’t any of the self-consciousness that comes with 
freestyle dancing.  The contra hall became my second home 
and I felt a connection to not only the contra community 
but the larger family of mankind.  I began to use contra on 
a regular basis to escape the drama and boredom of everyday 
life.  Contra didn’t judge me; it was my best friend.

	I didn’t experience any peculiar symptoms leading 
up to infection but my family began to notice changes in my 
personality.  They were puzzled by my new self-confidence 
and positive attitude.  My self-esteem increased and an 
appreciation for the differences in myself and in others 
began to surface.  Individuality and understanding became 
my goals in life.  The diversity of people I encountered 
compelled me to develop social skills and patience.  I also 
made good acquaintances over a wide range of ages.  I found 
the eldest Contraholics to be the most insightful.  They 
had good advice for every situation and listened with 
compassion.

	As the disease progressed I began to experience 
spontaneous bouts of toe-tapping and rhythm counting.  
Complications arose as the addiction spread to other 
branches of dance.  I soon began to show symptoms 
of “Latinism,” “Ballroomism,” “Swingism,” and “Zydecoism.”  
My horizons broadened as I became more aware and receptive 
of other cultures’ traditions.  This pursuit also became 
one of my goals in life.

	I have come to accept my condition.  It will affect 
me for the rest of my life.  There is no cure for my 
particular case, nor do I wish to be cured.  Contra is who 
I am, and I am proud to be a Contraholic!

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