Please read the three statements below, which all relate to the mission and the values of Loyola Marymount University. Choose the one you find most interesting and thought provoking; then answer the question which accompanies the statement you select. This essay, usually 500 – 1,000 words, is your chance to display your critical and creative thinking. Please be sure your name appears on each page of your essay.

STATEMENT: Speaking about education, Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

QUESTION: Critical thinking is a central goal of Jesuit education, and at LMU you’ll be asked to think critically and intensively in every class. Dr. King suggests that critical thinking results in our ability to inform intelligence with character, and strengthen character with intelligence. Please talk about a situation that demanded critical thinking from you, and how your choices or decisions integrated intelligence and character.

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