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.


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 

	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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